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May 2011 BBC iPlayer Performance Pack

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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 21:30 UK time, Thursday, 23 June 2011

It's busy on the blog this week.

But there's still room for May's performance pack for BBC iPlayer (available as a PDF to download).

Highlights as always selected by the Communications team: 

In May 2011 the BBC iPlayer received 159 million requests for TV and radio programmes in total.

Weekly user numbers were strong this month. The week of 9th May delivered a new record of 7.2 million online users in one week (excludes Virgin Media cable).

The Apprentice and Doctor Who dominated the top ten most-requested TV episodes this month. It was also a strong month for factual content - including Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail, new series Inside the Human Body and Panorama: The Death of Bin Laden - as well as entertainment, including Russell Howard, the Eurovision Song Contest and Psychoville. New dramas The Shadow Line and Exile were also in the top 20.  


Nick Reynolds is Social Media Executive, BBC Online


  • Comment number 1.

    Although the iPlayer Performance Pack has settled into an established and useful format, I think it would be of considerable interest to see further data on the online reach and hours figures for the different radio stations. I make this request in respect of online radio, since it seems that live per-station and programme-specific TV figures are reported quite widely and promptly in the press, no doubt in large part due to the modern technology used in recording the figures. For radio however, all we have is the venerable and often-disputed RAJAR diary system, and these (live only) RAJAR figures are available only each quarter of course. As your successive performance packs have shown, online consumption is a growing and now significant proportion of total consumption. Were the online reach and hours figures for the different radio stations made available (the "online RAJARs"), not only would they be a useful accompaniment and comparison to the live-only per-station official RAJAR figures, but they could also include the interesting differences between the split of online live and online catchup for each radio station.


  • Comment number 2.

    Thanks for the pack, always an interesting read. Now...how about those "live+7" stats! :)


  • Comment number 3.

    A BBC Press Release states:

    The BBC has published its Live +7 audience data for May 2011 alongside the latest BBC iPlayer results.
    Where is this Live +7 data published?

  • Comment number 4.

    Month on month there is a large variance between totals - with no explanation as to why... it can't just be weather or weddings. Secondly the use of requests as the criteria is fine, but what would be more valuable is to know if a request is counted again if users click forward to avoid the ident intro.. or fast forward to a specific section of the programme. I would also want to know if a request is counted iif only 30 seconds is consumed (because of playback issues for example). What proportion of people get to see the whole programme - YoutTube can supply such data - specific to account holders, so why not the BBC?

  • Comment number 5.


    Any sign of the June iPlayer report?


  • Comment number 6.

    @KennyLiza Here is the June iPlayer performance pack.


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