BBC are reporting that its iPlayer catch-up service enjoyed a record breaking Christmas, with 54.5 million programme requests during the UK Christmas week, the highest one-week figure to date,
However, having topped the iPlayer festive chart for two years running, this year saw Doctor Who plummet to ninth.
Meanwhile, Top Gear may not have won many new fans in Argentina (where it filmed its Christmas special, and caused quite the furore) but the resulting programme topped the Christmas iPlayer chats, with over two million programme requests.
“Christmas on the BBC is an incredibly special time of year, with our broadcast schedules bursting with amazing shows,” says Victoria Jaye, head of TV content for the BBC iPlayer. “It’s also the time of year when we see a significant surge in BBC iPlayer usage, as people all over the country unwrap new devices and take the opportunity to enjoy our terrific range of programmes, at a time that suits them.”
Overall December 2014 saw 227 million requests to view programmes.
Here’s the full top ten
1. Top Gear Patagonia Special part 1 – 2,078,700
2. EastEnders (25/12) – 1,689,400
3. Top Gear Patagonia Special part 2 – 1,553,700
4. EastEnders (26/12) – 1,432,900
5. The Apprentice – Final/You’re Hired – 1,309,200
6. Miranda: I Do, But To Who? – 1,263,700
7. EastEnders (23/12) – 1,147,100
8. EastEnders (24/12) – 1,107,900
9. Doctor Who: Last Christmas – 1,069,400
10. The Boy in the Dress – 1,058,300