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Killing Eve, Doctor Who give iPlayer best month ever

November 30, 2018

Hit BBC shows Killing Eve, Doctor Who and The Cry have helped BBC iPlayer to achieve its best month ever.

Across the month there were a record-high 334 million requests, up 18 per cent on the same month last year, and setting a new record for average daily requests at 10.8 million. October is now BBC iPlayer’s best month on record, sitting ahead of January this year (328 million) and December last year (327 million).

The most popular episodes for the month are dominated by Killing Eve, which has six episodes in the top ten. The first episode is the most popular programme of the month, with over 3.5 million requests, followed by Jodie Whittaker’s first episode as the Doctor in the new series of Doctor Who, with over 2.9 million requests.

The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman, also performed well, with 2.9 million requests for the first episode and over 2 million for the second. Other highlights include the return of The Apprentice, the continued success of Strictly Come Dancing, and the first episode of new drama Informer, which saw over a 1.7 million requests.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC, says: “It’s been a fantastic autumn for BBC iPlayer. Bodyguard and Killing Eve are the two strongest performing series ever and in October we set a new record for daily requests, which gave us our highest ever monthly total. Together with the return of Doctor Who, The Apprentice and Strictly, BBC iPlayer offers a unique mix of brand new programmes alongside some of the nation’s best-loved shows.”

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