Gavin & Stacey, EastEnders, Call The Midwife & A Christmas Carol on top of BBC iPlayer’s Xmas list

Gavin & Stacey, EastEnders, Call The Midwife and A Christmas Carol lead to BBC iPlayer’s best ever festive fortnight



A bumper crop of Christmas specials and new programmes helped BBC iPlayer to its best festive fortnight ever. The holiday period (20 December – 2 January) was BBC iPlayer’s biggest on record, with 203m requests*to stream or download programmes, up well over a third on the same period last year.

New Year’s Day was BBC iPlayer’s best-ever day with 17.9 million requests, also up by well over a third on the previous year, as viewers sank their teeth into new series Dracula and stepped back into the Tardis with the new series of Doctor Who.

Over the whole holiday period, the long-awaited return to Barry and Billericay in the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special was the top episode, with 4.6 million requests. The three original series have also been performing well over Christmas, as iPlayer viewers revisited their favourite moments from the show, with 6.8m for the classic series.

Dramatic events in Albert Square as Keanu was kidnapped and apparently murdered by Martin Fowler helped EastEnders dominate the iPlayer top 20 over the holidays - making up 9 of the top 20 episodes on iPlayer. There were 15.6 million requests for EastEnders over the fortnight, with the Christmas Day episode topping the pile with 2.2 million requests.

Other strong performers include the Call the Midwife Christmas special with 1.8 million requests, and the new drama A Christmas Carol with 1.6 million requests.

The top 20 BBC iPlayer programmes (by episode) over the festive fortnight are:

1 Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special 4,553,000

2 EastEnders 25/12/2019 2,207,000

3 Call the Midwife Christmas Special 2019 1,785,000

4 A Christmas Carol Episode 1 1,608,000

5 EastEnders 26/12/2019 1,506,000

6 EastEnders 24/12/2019 1,404,000

7 EastEnders 31/12/2019 1,352,000

8 EastEnders 27/12/2019 1,346,000

9 EastEnders 01/01/2020 1,324,000

10 EastEnders 20/12/2019 1,252,000

11 EastEnders 23/12/2019 1,184,000

12 EastEnders 30/12/2019 1,159,000

13 His Dark Materials Betrayal 1,133,000

14 The Trial of Christine Keeler Episode 1 1,108,000

15 A Christmas Carol Episode 2 1,034,000

16 Mrs Brown's Boys Special A Wonderful Mammy 960,000

17 Match of the Day - 2019/20 26/12/2019 959,000

18 Dracula Episode 1 925,000

19 A Christmas Carol Episode 3 900,000

20 Paddington 2 878,000

Source BBC One

January 8, 2020 4:54am ET by BBC One  


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