Beeb’s iPlayer has a record breaking January

Darren Allan

February 14, 2011

The BBC iPlayer’s figures keep getting stronger, with record breaking performances from month to month.

In fact, January’s figure of 162 million requests served is the fourth month the record has been broken in a row. Previously, it was 145 million requests in December, 141 million in November, and 139 million in October.

The January increase represents a much bigger jump than the previous months when the numbers had been creeping up steadily.

According to a report on Beehive City, the statistics were buoyed by the new series Come Fly With Me, the Matt Lucas and David Walliams parody of the Airport TV reality show. The comedy captured the first five slots in the iPlayer individual episodes chart.

The most downloaded episode, number two, even managed to outdo the series opener of Top Gear with almost double the requests at 1.8 million versus 1.1 million, quite an achievement.

Other popular shows for January included Eastenders and Hustle, with The Ashes fifth test doing well and coming top of the radio catch-up stakes.


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