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Bodyguard, Killing Eve named 2018’s most popular programmes on iPlayer

McMafia and Doctor Who also make the top five

Bodyguard, Killing Eve and McMafia have been named by the BBC as 2018’s most requested programmes on iPlayer.

The first episode of Bodyguard was the service’s most popular programme ever, with 10.8 million requests across the year.

Killing Eve came a close second with 9.2 million requests for episode one, followed by McMafia with 4.7 million requests.

Last year iPlayer also introduced a live restart function via the green button, while the World Cup and Wimbledon were brought to viewers in UHD for the first time.

BBC controller of programming Dan McGolpin said: “In 2018 we saw people who use iPlayer increasing the amount of time that they spend watching programmes on it. Over the last 12 months viewers have enjoyed an increased number of box sets, along with other upgrades such as a selection of live UHD programmes and increased personalisation.

“In a fiercely competitive market, with global streaming companies investing more and more in content, the challenge for 2019 is how to ensure that audiences can enjoy the full range and breadth of BBC programmes on iPlayer.”

The top ten programmes on iPlayer in 2018 were:

  1. Bodyguard (Episode 1) – 10,842,000 requests
  2. Killing Eve (Nice Face) – 9,235,000 requests
  3. McMafia (Episode 1) – 4,741,000 requests
  4. Doctor Who (The Woman Who Fell to Earth) – 3,965,000 requests
  5. Keeping Faith (Episode 1) – 3,927,000 requests
  6. The Cry (Episode 1) – 3,496,000 requests
  7. Dynasties (Chimpanzee) – 3,447,000 requests
  8. Our Girl (Nigeria, Belize & Bangladesh Tours – Episode 1) – 3,422,000 requests
  9. Bing (Show) – 3,177,000 requests
  10. MOTD Live (Sweden v England) – 3,153,000 requests