The World Cup, Peaky Blinders and Doctor Who drove record numbers of requests on the BBC’s streaming service in 2022.
The BBC iPlayer received 7 billion stream requests for the first time ever. 2022 grew 9% on 2021, and ended the year with both the best month and best quarter iPlayer has ever seen, with 700 million streams for December and 2 billion streams between October – December.
The World Cup capped the year in spectacular fashion, streamed a huge 92 million times on iPlayer, while also reaching 38.8 million on BBC TV.
Other data revealed by the BBC today includes:
- The return of Peaky Blinders was the top episode of the year, streamed 6.9 million times across the year, with over 55 million streams for the boxset
- Other top boxsets of the year include Doctor Who (56m streams), Waterloo Road (2006-2015) (46m streams), and Death in Paradise (46m streams)
- Sporting events were also among the most-watched programmes of the year, including Commonwealth Games (53m streams, plus reached 28.6 million on BBC TV) and Wimbledon (43m streams, plus reached 27.4 million on BBC TV)
- New dramas dominate the most watched episodes per series of the year – with The Tourist, The Responder, SAS Rogue Heroes, Inside Man, Sherwood and This is Going to Hurt all making the top ten most streamed episodes
- EastEnders enjoyed its best year ever on iPlayer, streamed 366 million times
However, the BBC chooses to measure performance by the number of times a programme or event has been streamed. It has not disclosed further details about the number of users, nor does it indicate at what point a stream request counts – i.e. does a user that aborts after 5 minutes count?
Director of BBC iPlayer Dan McGolpin says:
“2022 saw huge growth for BBC iPlayer, 7 billion streams is double where we were a few years ago. Alongside the big events like the World Cup and the outstanding coverage of the state funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, people arrived in their millions to watch an array of big drama boxsets including the final series of Peaky Blinders and a large number of brand new series such as The Tourist, The Responder and SAS Rogue Heroes. Over the last year we’ve added more choice than ever before in every genre, with plenty more in store for 2023.”
The most-watched programmes* across 2022:
|1||FIFA World Cup 2022||92,267,000|
|5||Waterloo Road (2006-15)||46,380,000|
|6||Death in Paradise||46,091,000|
|7||Strictly Come Dancing||44,909,000|
|10||Match of the Day||40,451,000|