BBC iPlayer user surge continues



The Prime Minister has helped the BBC iPlayer score its best day ever.

On Sunday 10th May, the BBC's on-demand and streaming service recorded 22.5 million requests, including 1.1 million requests from viewers wanting to see Boris Johnson's Prime Ministerial statement.

Since lockdown was announced on 23rd March, BBC iPlayer has seen 927 million requests – 61% up on the same 7-week period last year.

As previously reported, BBC Three drama Normal People drove viewers to the iPlayer; it's now had over 28m requests to date and the continued popularity of Killing Eve contributed to iPlayer’s most successful week ever, with 146 million requests between 27th April - 3rd May.

April was the biggest month BBC iPlayer has ever seen, with 564 million requests, with viewers catching up on This Country and Race Across The World.

In the first three months of 2020, BBC iPlayer saw a record 1.4 billion requests, up 34 per cent on the same quarter in 2019.

Controller of BBC iPlayer Dan McGolpin says:
This has been a unique period in our history and I’m pleased that BBC iPlayer has been able to make such a positive contribution to what so many people are watching. It’s delivered the latest news whenever we want it, it’s been there for children and grown-ups who need to learn something new and it’s provided a place to escape, whatever the mood. From Bitesize Daily to Race Across the World, from Normal People to Killing Eve, people are finding more to watch on BBC iPlayer than ever before.