Dr Who, mobile add to soaring BBC iPlayer requests

Editor | 03-12-2013

The latest BBC iPlayer performance ratings have shown how the service has continued its post-summer increase in viewers, driven in general by mobile platforms and given a huge spike by the 50th anniversary of Dr Who.

According to data released by BBC iStats, there were a total of 261 million BBC iPlayer TV and radio requests in October 2013, up 23% on the same month in 2012. Of this total there were 199 million TV requests, the third highest figure ever recorded.

What was clear from the statistics was the ascendency of second screens. During the month, tablet requests reached another record high of 49 million while added with mobile, portable platforms as a whole increased to a new high of 37% of total requests, and are almost in line with computers which themselves reached 39% of requests.

The autumn schedule continued to prove popular in October. Bad Education and Some Girls - the first BBC Three comedies to be premiered on iPlayer – at some point topped the list for the month along with episode nine of The Great British Bake Off. The Wrong Mans, Atlantis and Waterloo Road were also popular.

Yet a huge boost for November was delivered by the 50th anniversary episode of Dr Who. This generated a record of nearly 1.3 million iPlayer requests in the day after broadcast on TV and 2.9 million requests in all to date, wresting most-demanded programme from last year’s Olympics opening ceremony.