Doctor Who helps BBC iPlayer top 199 million requests for September

The BBC iPlayer recorded its highest ever number of requests in September, breaking its previous record set during the London 2012 Olympics

A total of 199 million requests were made throughout the month, while the BBC iPlayer also achieved its highest number of average daily requests, at six million a day. 

The big hit proved to be the Doctor Who series opener, which was requested a whopping 2.2 million times by the TV catch-up service. All five episodes shown in September feature in the ten most-requested shows. 

The other big winner was radio, where the number of requests grew by eight per cent on the previous month. This increase was aided by Chris Moyles’s last ever Radio 1 breakfast show, which was requested 427,000 times. 

Mobile and tablet use increased marginally from 19 per cent to 21 per cent. The BBC recently launched a dedicated BBC iPlayer Radio app for the iPhone, iPad and the PC, with an Android version on its way.

The BBC told Pocket-lint: "We hope to break the 200 million mark soon. Perhaps even next month."