BBC reveals iPlayer's Top 10 most watched shows of the year


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Planet Earth II has been revealed as the most watched show of the year on BBC's iPlayer.

Which is all the more impressive when you consider it only started a few weeks ago.

BBC data reveals that the first episode Islands has been requested more than 3.8 million times since it first aired on TV in November.

The data also shows that 2016 has so far been BBC iPlayer’s biggest year ever, receiving on average 243 million monthly requests. October and November saw the highest average number of daily requests BBC iPlayer has ever seen, at 11.7 million in each month.

Other shows that did well over the past year have included Bake Off, The Apprentice and The Night Manager.

You can view the full top ten individual episodes from shows here:


(NOTE: Only the single highest episode from each series is shown)

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said: "The extraordinary Planet Earth II tops the most popular list in this record breaking year for BBC iPlayer.

"In 2016, it has enabled audiences to enjoy a range of high quality programmes when and where they want to, and find content they might otherwise have missed.

"From Bake Off, The Night Manager, Thirteen, Sherlock, Our Girl, Fleabag and even live football - it’s an exceptional service that we will be taking to the next level in 2017. This Christmas promises even more opportunities for viewers to watch their favourite shows from our incredible festive schedule.”

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