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BBC iPlayer records busiest ever day

BBC iPlayer records busiest ever day
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BBC iPlayer reports its busiest ever day due to the Prime Minister's address, Killing Eve and Normal People.

BBC iPlayer racked up a record 22.5 million requests on Sunday, the corporation has announced.

The streaming service has enjoyed a surge in demand during the coronavirus lockdown but reached new highs at the weekend as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his 'unlockdown' plan for the UK.

The address was requested 1.1 million times via iPlayer on Sunday night, while requests for shows including Killing Eve, The Nest and Normal People helped push the daily total to 22.5 million.

Normal People alone has now been requested more than 28 million times since its launch at the end of April, with 3.13 million requests for the first episode.

Overall, since lockdown started on March 23, iPlayer has recorded 927 million requests, up 61% year on year, while April 2020 was the best ever month on record with 564 million requests.

Top 10 episodes on iPlayer since lockdown:

1. Killing Eve S03E01 - 5.17 million requests
2. Killing Eve S03E02 - 3.69 million requests
3. The Nest S01E01 - 3.63 million requests
4. Killing Eve S03E03 - 3.26 million requests
5. Normal People S01E01 - 3.13 million requests
6. Normal People S01E02 - 2.86 million requests
7. The Nest S01E02 - 2.85 million requests
8. Normal People S01E03 - 2.63 million requests
9. Normal People S01E05 - 2.55 million requests
10. The Nest S01E03 - 2.53 million requests

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