Not ‘arf mate – alright? A list of the Top 10 most popular iPlayer shows has been released by the BBC – and Doctor Who has topped the webcasting ratings.
Naturally, Doctor Who has a massive offline following, with TV viewers contributing to a sizeable average of 8.1m (38.7%) on BBC1. The 2008 13-part run ended with a massive 10.4m (48.2%) on 5 July.
|Doctor Who s.4|
|Top Gear s.12|
|Top Gear s.11|
|Little Britain USA|
|The Apprentice s.4|
|Mock the Week s.4|
|Mock the Week s.6|
The success of iPlayer has lead to the BBC proposing a link up with other broadcasters in the UK – leasing out the technology for online transmission of other shows such as Coronation Street or Countdown. The BBC’s proposals:
It all sounds rather spiffing, and obviously by making these proposals the BBC are attempting to provide a reason for their existence and strong presence online. Certainly www.bbc.co.uk is one of the most popular websites in the UK – far more compulsive viewing than www.itv.com, for instance simply for the depth and breadth of content.
The long-term future simply has to see ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 embracing the distribution of online content, so it will be fascinating to see how all of this plays out.
As for the immediate future – don’t be surprised to see The Next Doctor topping the iPlayer lists in 3 weeks time…