New crime drama series In The Dark was July’s top programme on BBC iPlayer. The first episode was made available from July 11th, and received 1.6 million requests over the rest of the month.
The figures from the BBC also reveal that BBC iPlayer received 236 million requests for TV content in July, with viewing on mobiles, tablets and connected TVs up year on year.
EastEnders also had a very strong month in July, claiming 16 of the top 20 most popular programmes across the month. Other top-performing dramas in July include the Doctor Who series finale, featuring Peter Capaldi’s penultimate performance as the Doctor, and the return of crime drama Top Of The Lake.
It was also a good month for documentaries, with BBC Three’s Stacey Dooley Investigates Kids Selling Drugs Online and BBC One’s The Betrayed Girls, which examined the Rochdale abuse scandal, both performing well.
Dan McGolpin, Controller of Programming and Daytime, says: “Watching BBC iPlayer through the TV is now easy to do and for many people it’s become their preferred way to view BBC programmes, both on demand and live. We release a wide selection of fresh content every month of the year and July saw strong performances from a mix of gripping drama series and challenging investigative documentaries.”