Planet Earth II tops the list of most popular TV shows on BBC iPlayer in 2016

The first episode of the David Attenborough nature documentary was requested a whopping 3.8 million times


The BBC have revealed the top ten most popular shows that were streamed on iPlayer this year, and turns out people really loved that swimming sloth.


Planet Earth II was the not only the most-watched individual episode of the year, but it also nabbed the number one spot for the most popular show of the year with 3.8 million requests for episode one.

BBC3 miniseries Thirteen took second place with 3.2 million requests for episode one, although there was no place in the top 10 for BBC3’s Doctor Who spin-off Class.

Euro 2016 proved a particular draw, with England v Wales pulling in over 2.8 million requests on iPlayer. The 2pm kick-off time meant that many people tuned in to watch the match online rather than at home or in pubs, with 2.3 million tuning in live.

The BBC have also revealed that so far, 2016 has been the biggest year yet for iPlayer. On average, 243 million requests were made every month and it proved to be a record-breaking October and November where the average number of requests per day on the service topped 11.7 million.

The first episode of The Night Manager, the Golden Globe-nominated drama starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander, is in at number four with 2.7 million requests. And when it came to individual episodes requested, The Great British Bake Off took four of the top ten spots, placing sixth, seventh, eighth and tenth on the list.

Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore said: “The extraordinary Planet Earth II tops the most popular list in this record breaking year for BBC iPlayer.

“In 2016, it has enabled audiences to enjoy a range of high quality programmes when and where they want to, and find content they might otherwise have missed. From Bake Off, The Night Manager, Thirteen, Sherlock, Our Girl, Fleabag and even live football – it’s an exceptional service that we will be taking to the next level in 2017.


“This Christmas promises even more opportunities for viewers to watch their favourite shows from our incredible festive schedule.”