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Entertainment BBC iPlayer set new viewing figure record last month

05:05  30 june  2020
05:05  30 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

BBC iPlayer beats all-time viewing record with 570 million streams

  BBC iPlayer beats all-time viewing record with 570 million streams The platform hit an all-time monthly record in May, due in no small part to the UK lockdown, with April's figures not too far behind.These record figures are no doubt largely due to the time we've all been spending at home in recent months due to the lockdown measures, but, credit where credit's due, the Beeb broadcast some first-rate and hugely popular TV series in that time.

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The BBC 's iPlayer service has recorded its biggest month to date after receiving 315 million TV and radio programme requests in January. It is the first time the catch-up service has past the 300 million barrier and is a 16% increase on March 2013's record 272 million requests.

BBC iPlayer set a new record for monthly viewing figures in May, the broadcaster has said.

There were 570 million requests to stream programmes on the platform – up 72% on the same month in 2019.

The success was in part driven by hit programmes including Normal People and Killing Eve, according to the corporation.

a person standing in the grass: Normal People has performed particularly well for the BBC (Enda Bowe/BBC/PA) © Provided by PA Media Normal People has performed particularly well for the BBC (Enda Bowe/BBC/PA)

The Still Got It episode of thriller Killing Eve had four million viewing requests, while the first episode of drama Normal People received nearly 3.6 million.

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Normal People and Killing Eve give BBC iPlayer its biggest month ever

  Normal People and Killing Eve give BBC iPlayer its biggest month ever Thanks to the success of 'Normal People' and 'Killing Eve', the BBC iPlayer received 570 million requests to stream shows on the player in May, up from 564 million in April, the previous best month on record. This also indicates a 72 per cent growth on the same month last year. The Top 10 episodes on iPlayer in May included two episodes of 'Killing Eve', with 35 million requests for the third series so far, and 163 million requests to date for all three series, along with eight episodes of 'Normal People', which has 54 million requests to date.

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Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe, The Great British Sewing Bee and Glow Up were also popular on the platform.

Charlie Brooker looking at the camera: Charlie Brooker’s satirical programme Antiviral Wipe performed well on iPlayer (Isabel Infantes/PA) © Provided by PA Media Charlie Brooker’s satirical programme Antiviral Wipe performed well on iPlayer (Isabel Infantes/PA)

May’s figures are up from the 564 million programme requests during April, which was previously iPlayer’s best month on record.

Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, said: “BBC iPlayer continues to rise higher, with yet another record-breaking month in May – 72% more programme requests than a year ago.

“It’s been the only place to binge on the wonderful new hit series Normal People and the place to see returning favourite Killing Eve first.

“Before the lockdown period began and all the way through it, iPlayer has been providing a unique mix of entertaining, informative and educational television whenever and wherever people want it.”

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