Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Christmas boxsets give iPlayer its best week on record

Christmas boxsets give iPlayer its best week on record

A Christmas treat of box-sets has helped BBC iPlayer achieve its best week on record.

Viewers are increasingly turning to catch-up services such as the iPlayer to get their daily fix of small screen fare, rejecting the traditional requirement of tuning into a scheduled broadcast at an allotted hour.

The BBC adapted to the change in viewing habits for Christmas 2017 by making popular programmes from its archive available on iPlayer, including Peaky Blinders, Line of Duty, Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

Viewers streamed more programmes and spent more time on iPlayer between Monday 25 December and Sunday 31 December than any other week.

BBC iPlayer had its best week ever in the period between Christmas and New Year.

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In comparison, iPlayer had 58.6 million requests and 22.5 million hours watched in the same period in 2016. The shows will be withdrawn in the next few days.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, says: "It's hugely exciting to see such unprecedented numbers come to BBC iPlayer this Christmas".

The BBC'siPlayer catch-up service has gone from strength to strength over the Christmas break having registered a sharp increase in streaming requests led by an EastEnders Christmas special and a Peaky Blinders box set.

It received 1.6 million requests, while the Boxing Day episode had 1.5 million.

EastEnders has nine episodes in the top 20, which also saw strong showings for the Apprentice final, the finale of Peaky Blinders fourth series, Doctor Who's Twice Upon a Time special and the Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special.

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