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BBC iPlayer: More records broken in October 2018

Dramas including Killing Eve and Doctor Who have helped the BBC iPlayer break user records again.

The latest set of figures reveal that in October, there was a record-high 334 million requests, up 18% on the same month last year, setting a new record for average daily requests at 10.8 million. 

After a few relatively quieter months, October's figures have put iPlayer usage ahead of January 2018's previous record (328 million requests) and December 2017 (327 million requests).

The most popular episodes for the month are dominated by Killing Eve (pictured), which has six episodes in the top ten. The first episode is the most popular programme of the month, with over 3.5m requests, followed by Jodie Whittaker’s first episode as the Doctor in the new series of Doctor Who, with over 2.9m requests.

The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman, also performed very well, according to the BBC, with 2.9m requests for the first episode and over 2m for the second. 

Other highlights include the return of The Apprentice, the continued success of Strictly Come Dancing, and the first episode of new drama Informer, which got over a 1.7m requests.

Assessing the BBC iPlayer's performance, Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC commented:
“It’s been a fantastic autumn for BBC iPlayer. Bodyguard and Killing Eve are the two strongest performing series ever and in October we set a new record for daily requests, which gave us our highest ever monthly total. Together with the return of Doctor Who, The Apprentice and Strictly BBC iPlayer offers a unique mix of brand new programmes alongside some of the nation’s best-loved shows.”

Image credits: BBC