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BBC iPlayer records biggest ever month, over 315m requests in January

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BBC iPlayer has recorded its biggest ever month for requests.

January 2014 saw the on-demand service reach a record of 315 million programme requests for both TV and Radio.

BBC iPlayer

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BBC iPlayer

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock Series 3

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Sherlock's Cumberbatch, Freeman



Meanwhile, the first episode of Sherlock's third series generated over 3.6 million requests, making it the third-most requested programme of all time.

Other popular programmes have been The Voice UK, as well as the fifth and final series of Outnumbered.

It was the first time that the 300 million barrier has been broken, and an average of 10.2m daily requests were seen in January - the highest ever.

The number of requests via mobiles and tablets accounted for 40% of all requests at 127 million overall. This was another record high.

BBC iPlayer Top 10 TV episodes – (most requested episode per series)

Sherlock Series 3 Episode 1: 3,633,000
The Voice UK Series 3 Blind Auditions 1 Episode 3: 1,799,000
EastEnders 01/01/14: 1,594,000
Waterloo Road Series 9 Episode 11: 1,516,000
The Dumping Ground Series 2 Episode 1: 1,241,000
The Musketeers Episode 1: 1,185,000
Outnumbered Series 5 Episode 1: 1,111,000
The 7.39 Episode 1: 1,064,000
Tough Young Teachers Episode 1: 1,019,000
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Specials 2013 Episode 2: 986,000

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