BBC iPlayer delivers cracking figures

By Julian Clover | January 6, 2009 | 19:20 UK


The BBC iPlayer closed 2008 with another set of record figures. The month of December saw 41 million requests to view BBC programmes via the catch-up TV service, representing the biggest month since launch in December 2007.
Programmes including the new Wallace and Gromit short A Matter of Loaf and Death contributed to 8 million requests during the seven-day period from Christmas Day to December 31.
“This confirms that 2008 was the year of the BBC iPlayer,” said Erik Huggers, Director, BBC Future Media & Technology. “The service evolved dramatically throughout its first 12 months – we’ve just introduced downloading for Mac and Linux users, and a special version of BBC iPlayer for CBBC – and the innovation will continue in 2009.”
BBC iPlayer Top 20 programmes: December 24 to December 31, 2008
1 Wallace And Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf And Death
2 Doctor Who Series 4: The Next Doctor
3 Top Gear Series 12: Episode 8 (Vietnam)
4 Gavin and Stacey: Christmas Special
5 The Royle Family: The New Sofa
6 EastEnders 26/12/08
7 Outnumbered Series 2: Episode 7
8 EastEnders 25/12/2008 21:00
9 EastEnders 29/12/08
10 EastEnders 25/12/2008 20:00
11 Mock the Week Series 6: Episode 13
12 Have I Got News for You Christmas Special 2008
13 EastEnders 30/12/08
14 Blackadder Rides Again
15 The 39 Steps
16 Top Gear Series 9: Episode 3
17 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Series 18: Episode 4
18 EastEnders 24/12/08
19 Survivors Episode 6
20 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2008