BBC streaming service iPlayer has had a record-breaking start to the year for series, including co-production Netflix The snake and Course of action propelled it to 1.7 billion streams in the first three months of 2021.
Listening on iPlayer rose 22% year-over-year in the first quarter as Britons flocked to the streaming service during the UK lockdown. Additionally, the BBC said January was a record month, with iPlayer recording 652 million streams.
The first episode of Mammoth Screen-produced The snake was iPlayer’s most watched show in the first quarter after racking up 5.9 million streams. It was followed by the first episode of season 6 of the police corruption drama. Course of action, which has been viewed 3.6 million times.
Dan McGolpin, Director of BBC iPlayer and Channels, said: “BBC iPlayer is getting more viewings than ever in 2021 thanks to new must-see series like The snake and Bloodlands, firing big hitters like Course of action and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK plus a wide range of cabinets now available, including Pretty little Liars, Spiral and Do not exit. “