Streaming records continue to be broken with BBC iPlayer recording a new record of 141 million programmes streamed during the week of the New Year (27 December – 3 January).
The figure represents a 6% uplift on the same week in 2020/21.
Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says: “2022 on the BBC has started with a bang with record viewing across Christmas and New Year on BBC iPlayer. Millions of people chose to watch our unrivalled range of box-sets and Christmas specials live on our channels, or binge on-demand across the festive season – paving the way for the BBC’s centenary, a landmark year that will look forward and celebrate British creativity across the whole of the UK.”
BBC iPlayer had its best-ever day over the Christmas holiday period with 22 million streams Sunday 2 January, boosted by the debut of thriller The Tourist, starring Jamie Dornan. The series is currently the third most successful drama launch of all time on iPlayer – having been streamed over 18 million times to date.
The Girl Before (1.6 million) was also popular, along with Christmas Day staples including the Call the Midwife Christmas special (1.6 million) and EastEnders (1.5 million).