IT'S TWO YEARS GONE since the BBC's Iplayer launched, and the groundbreaking technology is mostly being used to watch repeats of car bore show Top Gear.
The BBC excitedly announced its semiannual viewing figures for its on-demand television service, explaining that the most viewed programme was the Jeremy Clarkson ego-rub roadshow, Top Gear.
The first episode of series 13 of Top Gear has been streamed some 1,671,100 times, beating second place episode 1 of series 14 and its 1,299,200 viewers. In third-place is vanilla comedian Micheal McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow with 1,173,300 slack-jawed gawpers, and in fourth is the first episode of the third series of shark-jumper Gavin and Stacey. In fifth place is the episode of Question Time that saw Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party, face the audience. This last one is of note as it counters all the other top shows listed to hint that perhaps British society and culture are not really collapsing around our ears.
Bizarrely enough, Mac users seem to be the most discerning viewers, with the majority of them opting to watch BBC2's comedy news show Mock the Week. Sadly PC users watch Eastenders and the overwrought BBC crime show, Waking the Dead. The most popular radio broadcast was a live test match, which presumably had the knock-on effect of increasing afternoon naps by middle-aged British men.
Erik Huggers, the BBC's director of future media and technology, said, "These figures show people are making the most of the choice they now have - whether it's watching EastEnders on your PC during your lunch break, listening to Desert Island Discs on the bus or watching Mock The Week in bed."
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