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Another increase for the iPlayer

A range of strong dramas and live sport have helped BBC iPlayer to achieve its best ever February performance.

The performance is the latest in a consecutive string of 'best-ever' months, as demand for the service continues to increase. Data for each month is released around 5-6 weeks after the end of each month. Across February, more than 285 million programmes were watched by viewers, a 4 per cent year-on-year increase, with average daily requests of 10.2 million.

The first episodes of new drama series Requiem and Collateral were the most popular programmes of the month, with 1.9 and 1.7 million requests respectively. McMafia continued its strong performance in January, with episodes seven and eight getting 1.4 and 1.2 million requests apiece.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming and daytime for the BBC, says: 
“February was a record breaking month for BBC iPlayer with new drama titles such as Requiem and Collateral leading the way. McMafia continued its strong performance from January with the full series attracting viewers beyond the transmission of the final episode. It’s also great to see an increasing number of viewers finding top quality live sport on iPlayer from the Winter Olympics to the Six Nations to the FA Cup.”