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iPlayer to break 6 billion streams for the first time

Line of Duty tops the rankings with 137.1 million streams

BBC iPlayer viewing figures will exceed 6 billion streams this year for the first time, according to the BBC.

The BVoD reported 5.9 billion streams at the end of November, 586 million more than the same time last year, putting the service on track for the 6 billion milestone by the end of 2021.

iPlayer’s biggest hit was Line of Duty series six (137.1 million streams), whose first episode was streamed 9.2 million times. This was followed by the first episodes of Vigil (8 million), Time (7.3 million) and The Serpent (6.3 million).

The summer of sport contributed heavily to the record-breaking total, with the Olympics garnering 90.2 million streams and Euro 2020 reaching 68.2 million. Also in the top 10 titles were boxsets of Pretty Little Liars (79.9 million), Doctor Who (41.8 million) and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (33.3 million).

BBC iPlayer and channels director Dan McGolpin said: “It’s been an incredible year for BBC iPlayer with a unique mix of programmes driving more viewing than ever before.

“Line of Duty tops the tables and it’s fantastic to see so many other brand-new drama series also featuring highly alongside those memorable sporting moments from last summer and some of the best documentary series of the year.”