Drama dominated another record-breaking month for BBC iPlayer in February 2017 with daily requests reaching a record high of 9.9 million in the month.
In terms of most popular programmes, dramas filled all of the top 20 most popular shows, led by critically acclaimed two-part drama The Moorside. The programme, starring Sheridan Smith, was the most popular show of the month with its first half being the most-requested programme in February with almost 2.5 million requests.
Part two generated almost 2 million requests. Tom Hardy drama Taboo and Apple Tree Yard each got four episodes in the top 20 most-requested shows. The first episodes of both US slave trade drama Roots and alternative history drama SS-GB each appeared in the top 20.
“BBC iPlayer’s popularity continues to grow as the appetite for high quality unmissable drama reached a record high in February with almost 10 million requests a day,” remarked BBC controller of programming and daytime Dan McGolpin. “New titles The Moorside and Roots joined Taboo and Apple Tree Yard as viewers continue to come to iPlayer to discover great stories at any time of the day or night.”