Most streamed programme of 2020 on iPlayer revealed by the BBC

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Normal People was BBC iPlayer’s most popular series of 2020 after it was streamed more than 62 million times.

The television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel proved to be more popular on the platform than other leading programmes including Killing Eve, MasterChef and The Split.

There have been a total of 5.3 billion streams across all content on iPlayer this year, which is a 33% rise on the same period last year and is a new record for the BBC.

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Cookery programme MasterChef ranked third with 22,206,000, followed by legal drama The Split with 18,939,000.

The single most popular episode of a programme on iPlayer was the series three opener of Killing Eve, which was streamed 7,398,000 times.

The first episode of Normal People was streamed on 6,378,000 occasions.

The drama focuses on the on-again off-again relationship between Irish teenagers Marianne and Connell, beginning in their school days through to their time at university.

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“It’s pleasing to see the sensational adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People take top slot as the biggest series of the year and there have been other brand new drama series among the most popular, such as Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, The Nest and The Secrets She Keeps, as well as hugely popular returners like Killing Eve and The Split.”

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