BBC iPlayer sets new streaming record during May with 570m views
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BBC iPlayer sets new streaming record during May with 570m views

A record number of viewers turned to the BBC iPlayer in May to catch up with their favourite television programmes.

Around 570 million viewers requested to stream programmes – up 72 per cent on the same month last year – the broadcaster said.

The rise in figures was in part driven by hit programmes including Normal People and Killing Eve.

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.

A briefing by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, drama The A Word and hit soap EastEnders performed well during May while lockdown measures were in place.

Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, said: “BBC iPlayer continues to rise higher, with yet another record-breaking month in May.

“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.”

Top 10 most-watched programmes per series on iPlayer in May:

– Killing Eve, series 3, Still Got It – 4 million
– Normal people, series one, episode one – 3.57 million
– Coronavirus: Live BBC News Coverage As PM Gives Briefing – 1.89 million

– The A Word, series three, episode one – 1.26 million
– EastEnders, 5/5/20 – 1.22 million
– Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe – 873,000
– The Great British Sewing Bee, series six episode three, 814,000
– Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-up Star, series two episode one – 803,000
– Casualty, series 34 episode 33 – 776,000
– The Real Marigold Hotel, series four episode one, 699,000


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