The series opener saw Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock apparently return from the dead.
The return of Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC One’s Sherlock was the most popular programme on iPlayer last year.
Broadcast in January 2014, the first episode of the third series – which saw Sherlock apparently return from the dead – was requested 4.2 million times.
All three episodes in the 2014 Sherlock series were included in the top 10.
The second most-watched programme on the catch-up service was the opening episode of 2014’s series of Top Gear, which took four of the top 10 slots.
The Burma special, which was later found to have breached broadcasting rules after Jeremy Clarkson used a racial slur, was the fourth most watched show on iPlayer last year.
The controversial Top Gear special in Argentina was the most popular iPlayer show over the UK’s Christmas period – and 15th in the overall chart for most requested programmes across 2014.
iPlayer top 10
Sherlock – Series 3, The Empty Hearse (Episode 1)
Top Gear – Series 21, (Episode 1)
Top Gear – Series 21, (Episode 3)
Top Gear – Series 21, Burma Special – Part 1 (Episode 6)
Sherlock – Series 3, The Sign of Three (Episode 2)
Sherlock – Series 3, His Last Vow (Episode 3)
Top Gear – Series 21, Episode 2
Murdered by My Boyfriend
Doctor Who – Series 8, Deep Breath (Episode 1)
Only BBC Three documentary Murdered by My Boyfriend, comedy Outnumbered and Doctor Who succeeded in breaking Sherlock and Top Gear’s stranglehold on the top 10.
Source:: BBC Entertainment