BBC iPlayer has recorded another record-breaking year, passing 7 billion streams for the first time ever.
In 2022, the BBC streaming service grew 9 per cent on 2021, and ended the year with both the best month and best quarter iPlayer has ever seen, with 700 million streams for December and 2 billion streams between October – December.
The out-of-season World Cup made sure of a strong end to the year and was streamed 92 million times on iPlayer, while also reaching 38.8 million on BBC TV. The jury is still out on how well a more traditional pre-Christmas schedule might have performed.
“2022 saw huge growth for BBC iPlayer, 7 billion streams is double where we were a few years ago,” said Director of BBC iPlayer Dan McGolpin. “Alongside the big events like the World Cup and the outstanding coverage of the state funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, people arrived in their millions to watch an array of big drama boxsets including the final series of Peaky Blinders and a large number of brand new series such as The Tourist, The Responder and SAS Rogue Heroes.”
The return of Peaky Blinders (pictured) was the top episode of the year, streamed 6.9 million times across the year, with over 55 million streams for the boxset
Other top boxsets of the year include Doctor Who (56 million streams), Waterloo Road (2006-2015) (46 million streams), and Death in Paradise (46 million streams)
Sporting events were also among the most-watched programmes of the year, including Commonwealth Games (53m streams, plus reached 28.6 million on BBC TV) and Wimbledon (43 million streams, plus reached 27.4 million on BBC TV)
EastEnders enjoyed its best year ever on iPlayer, streamed 366 million times.