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BBC iPlayer has record breaking 1st Quarter - Press Release

Press Release
BBC iPlayer has seen its best quarter on record with over 1.7 billion streams in the first three months of the year.

The BBC’s streaming service has grown 22 per cent on the same period last year, driven by the success of new titles like The Serpent and Bloodlands, returning big hitters including Line of Duty and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and popular box sets like Pretty Little Liars, Spiral and Not Going Out.

The first quarter of 2021 saw a number of records broken on iPlayer:

As well as being the biggest quarter on record, January is now iPlayer’s most successful month, with 652 million streams,
The first full week of that month (4-10 January) was the biggest week ever, with 163 million streams.
10 January is iPlayer’s best single day with programmes streamed 26 million times - driven partly by four very popular third round FA Cup matches streaming live on iPlayer, including Marine v Tottenham Hotspur.
The first episode of enthralling crime thriller The Serpent is iPlayer’s biggest episode of the year so far, having been streamed a massive 6 million times. The box set of the exotic, international series - which stars Tahar Rahim and Jenna Coleman as serial killer Charles Sobhraj and his accomplice and girlfriend Marie-AndrĂ©e Leclerc - was streamed a total of 33 million times between January and March on iPlayer.

The returning series of Line of Duty has also been a hit with viewers, as the first episode of AC-12’s latest case saw over 3.6 million streams in just 11 days up to the end of March. The previous series have also performed strongly on iPlayer, with the Line of Duty box set streamed 35 million times in the first three months of the year.

Also popular was the first episode of crime thriller Bloodlands, the new series produced by Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio and based in County Down in Northern Ireland. Traces was also a big hit on iPlayer, as viewers were gripped by the thrilling murder mystery set against gorgeous Dundee landscapes.

The top performing episodes per series on iPlayer between January and March 2021 are:



BBC iPlayer was recently updated to give it a sleeker, more pared-back look on TVs when playing programmes. This update also saw new subtitle controls added, making it easier to turn subtitles on and giving viewers the ability to change their size.

Dan McGolpin, Director, BBC iPlayer and Channels says: “BBC iPlayer is getting more viewing than ever in 2021 thanks to new must-watch series like The Serpent and Bloodlands, returning big hitters like Line of Duty and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK plus a broad range of box sets now available including Pretty Little Liars, Spiral and Not Going Out. It’s not just the amount to choose from which is improving but the look and feel of iPlayer has also been changing with more innovations coming soon.”
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