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BBC iPlayer achieves record-breaking 1.7 billion streams in Q1

The Serpent and Line of Duty help BBC streamer reach new heights

BBC iPlayer has recorded 1.7 billion streams in the first three months of 2021, its biggest-ever quarter and 22 per cent higher than the same period last year.

January was the streaming service’s most successful month, with 652 million streams, while 10th of January was iPlayer’s best single day with programmes streamed 26 million times – driven partly by four third round FA Cup matches streamed live on iPlayer.

The most popular show during Q1 is the debut episode of The Serpent with 5,892,000 streams, followed by the first episode of the new series of Line of Duty at 3,621,000, although Line of Duty only launched 11 days before the end of the quarter.

Dan McGolpin, director, BBC iPlayer and Channels said: “BBC iPlayer is getting more viewing than ever in 2021 thanks to new must-watch series like The Serpent and Bloodlands, returning big hitters like Line of Duty and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK plus a broad range of box sets. It’s not just the amount to choose from which is improving but the look and feel of iPlayer has also been changing with exciting innovations coming soon.”