Sherlock and The Voice UK head 2012 iPlayer charts

2.5m million saw A Scandal in Belgravia online, while 1.6m caught up with the first blind auditions


Sherlock and The Voice UK are among the top shows on BBC iPlayer in 2012 so far, according to figures released today.


The Benedict Cumberbatch drama dominated the iPlayer stats for January, sweeping up all the top three slots. The first episode of series two, A Scandal in Belgravia, was accessed on iPlayer a staggering 2.5m times.

And In March and April, when The Voice UK was in its high-ratings pomp, it was performing well on catch-up too. March’s top iPlayer show was the very first episode of the new talent search, with 1.6m views – and in April, The Voice again led the way. That month’s biggest iPlayer programme was the first Battles episode, which was seen by 1.5m people on the BBC watch-again service.

February’s iPlayer stats were headed by perennial catch-up favourite Top Gear – episode two of the cheeky motoring show was requested by iPlayer users 1.8m times.

Other big iPlayer shows include The Apprentice (1.5m views for the March series opener) and BBC3’s Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents (1.1m for episode five in February).


BBC has averaged 190 million programme requests per month in 2012, an increase of 24 per cent on the same period last year. Fifteen per cent of all requests now come from mobile and tablet devices.