Bodyguard claims iPlayer request top spot for 2018 | Ratings/Measurement | News | Rapid TV News
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Investment in drama certainly paid off for the BBC iPlayer in 2018 with flagship series Bodyguard, Killing Eve and McMafia revealed  as the top programmes requested on the live and, catch-up and VOD service over the year.
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Overall in 2018 3.6 billion programmes were requested on iPlayer throughout the year. Bodyguard was the most popular show of the year with the first episode becoming BBC iPlayer’s biggest ever programme drawing 10.8 million requests across the year. All six episodes of the drama appear in iPlayer’s top ten programmes of the year. Killing Eve came a close second with 9.2 million requests for episode one, followed by the premiere of global thriller McMafia with 4.7 million requests.

Boosting request numbers across the year, the iPlayer added new and classic box sets as part of its experimentation to make programmes available for longer than 30 days. Live restart via the green button was also introduced as well as both the World Cup and Wimbledon being brought to viewers in Ultra HD for the first time.

“In 2018 we saw people who use iPlayer increasing the amount of time that they spend watching programmes on it,” said BBC controller of programming Dan McGolpin. “Over the last 12 months viewers have enjoyed an increased number of box sets, along with other upgrades such as a selection of live Ultra HD programmes and increased personalisation. In a fiercely competitive market, with global streaming companies investing more and more in content, the challenge for 2019 is how to ensure that audiences can enjoy the full range and breadth of BBC programmes on iPlayer.”

As well as a strong year the iPlayer also had a good December with a total of 298 million requests, an average of 9.6 million requests per day. The month’s best performing programme was Mrs Wilson, the real-life story starring Ruth Wilson playing her own grandmother. The first episode got 2.1 million requests and the second just under 2 million pipping The Apprentice to the top spot for the month as its Christmas Chocolate episode received 1.8 million requests. The Christmas day episode of EastEnders and the Call the Midwife Christmas special also performed well, with 1.4 million and 1.3 million requests respectively.