UK lockdowns see BBC iPlayer break records

Line of Duty, The Serpent, Time amongst most streamed episodes on BBC iPlayer.

UK lockdowns have led to record breaking numbers for BBC iPlayer.

Programmes were streamed over 3.3 billion times between January and June this year, up 8% on the same period last year, and up a massive 59% on the same period in 2019.

Line Of Duty’s return become the biggest single episode of the year, as the first episode of the sixth series was streamed 8.7 million times – also more than any single episode across the whole of last year.

Rank Programme Episode Streams
1 Line Of Duty Series 6 – episode 1 8,745,000
2 The Serpent Episode 1 6,092,000
3 Time Episode 1 5,572,000
4 Line Of Duty Series 1 – episode 1 5,190,000
5 Euro 2020 Round of 16: England v Germany 5,113,000
6 Bloodlands Series 1 – episode 1 4,638,000
7 The Pact Episode 1 4,201,000
8 Traces Episode 1 4,078,000
9 Line Of Duty Series 2 – episode 1 3,541,000
10 A Perfect Planet Episode 1 – Volcano 3,484,000

The second half of the year has also kicked off to a record-breaking start, thanks to the huge popularity of Euro 2020  setting a new live viewing record on iPlayer, with 5.8 million streams, while the Wimbledon Men’s singles final drew  1.7 million live streams.

The numbers come as Sky One is being  replaced by two channels: Sky Showcase and Sky Max.

Sky Showcase will be a linear-only channel which will “curate a selection of the best TV shows from across Sky’s portfolio of entertainment brands”, while Sky Max, both a channel and an on-demand service, will become the new home for Sky original dramas and entertainment shows.

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