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Killing Eve and Peaky Blinders help BBC’s iPlayer enjoy 12 per cent leap in use

Killing Eve and Peaky Blinders help BBC’s iPlayer enjoy 12 per cent leap in use as new figures show the streaming platform was watched 4.4billion times last year

  • The number of streams and downloads on the site had jumped by 12 per cent 
  • Killing Eve’s second season was most watched series of the year on the service 
  • Opening episode of fifth series of Peaky Blinders was the biggest single episode 

The BBC’s iPlayer was watched 4.4billion times last year, figures from the corporation show.

Yesterday it said the number of streams and downloads on the site had jumped by 12 per cent from the previous year.

Killing Eve’s second season was the most watched series of the year on the service with just under 41million requests to view it.

The BBC’s iPlayer was watched 4.4billion times last year, figures from the corporation show

The opening episode of the fifth series of Peaky Blinders was the biggest single episode with 5.97million streams and downloads, narrowly beating the opener for series five of Line of Duty.

The BBC said this was the first time the service had ‘broken’ 4billion requests in a year, making it its best year ever. 

December was the biggest month for the service with 447million streams and downloads, with Gavin and Stacey being the most successful single episode in that month.

Killing Eve's second season was the most watched series of the year on the service with just under 41million requests to view it

Killing Eve’s second season was the most watched series of the year on the service with just under 41million requests to view it

The Christmas special attracted 4.3million requests in December, which has risen to 5.2million.

Other December shows that did well included EastEnders, His Dark Materials, Call the Midwife and A Christmas Carol.

Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, said: ‘Viewers are finding that BBC iPlayer offers them a total TV experience, bringing the nation together for big live events such as the Strictly final.’

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