What did we watch most on iPlayer in 2016?

The results are in! The BBC has revealed which programmes were requested most on iPlayer this year - so far, at least.

Up in first place by a long way is Planet Earth II, followed by BBC Three drama Thirteen - which we're not surprised to see so high up on the list, given that it's only available through the app and not on live channels. BBC Three is doing pretty well, actually, with original comedy Fleabag getting 6.7 million requests overall too.

And as per usual, the Bake Off dominated a good chunk of the top ten, with four episodes appearing. Overall, though, it was only the fifth most requested show.

The Olympics sadly didn't make the list, since it doesn't fit neatly into the 'episodes' format of most shows, but rest assured events were streamed more than 30 million times in the summer.

The top ten most requested individual episodes this year are:

1. Planet Earth II - Ep1 Islands - 3,836,000 requests
2. Thirteen - Ep1 - 3,225,000
3. Euro 2016 - England v Wales - 2,846,000
4. The Night Manager - Ep1 - 2,756,000
5. Planet Earth II - Ep2 Mountains - 2,710,000
6. The Great British Bake Off - Ep1 Cake Week - 2,662,000
7. The Great British Bake Off - Ep2 Biscuit Week - 2,508,000
8. The Great British Bake Off - Ep4 Batter Week - 2,455,000
9. Thirteen - Ep3 - 2,454,000
10. The Great British Bake Off - Ep3 Bread Week - 2,407,000

And the top ten most requested programmes per series were:

1. Planet Earth II - Ep1 Islands
2. Thirteen - Ep1
3. Euro 2016 - England v Wales
4. The Night Manager - Ep1
5. The Great British Bake Off - Ep1 Cake Week
6. Sherlock - The Abominable Bride
7. Top Gear - Series 23, Ep1
8. Our Girl - Series 2, Ep1
9. The Missing - Series 2, Ep2
10. The Apprentice - Ep1

In October and November 2016, iPlayer saw the highest average number of daily requests in the service's entire history. There's still time for that to increase, however, with the BBC's Christmas schedule on its way.

Source: BBC

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