BBC iPlayer breaks through 4 billion request mark

BBC iPlayer ended 2019 with an all-time record high of 4.4 billion requests.

The 2019 performance is up around 12% on the previous year.

According to latest figures published today, December was BBC iPlayer’s best month of all time, achieving a record-high 447 million requests in total. The top episode of the month was the returning Christmas special of Gavin and Stacey, which recorded an 4.3 million requests in the final six days of the year - and to date has achieved 5.2 million requests.

The second most popular episode of the month was EastEnders’ Christmas day episode, with 2.1 million requests - the show’s most popular episode to date. Fantasy drama His Dark Materials was another strong performer, with three episodes in the top ten, as was Call The Midwife, The Apprentice and new Stephen Knight drama A Christmas Carol.