Normal People drives BBC Three to its best week ever 1 year ago

Normal People drives BBC Three to its best week ever

The show, like the book, is an international success.

It seems as though absolutely everyone and anyone is tuning in to watch the televised adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People right now.


And although it did have some Liveline callers fairly riled up last Thursday, it is clear that the series is an undeniable success.

The release of Normal People has driven BBC Three to its best week ever for programme requests on iPlayer, more than doubling the previous record.

According to figures released by the BBC on Tuesday morning, in the seven-day period since the series premiered on BBC iPlayer on Sunday 26 April, total requests for BBC Three programmes stands at over 21.8 million.

Of all the requests for BBC Three programmes on iPlayer, Normal People makes up for over 70% of the total and according to signed in data, a quarter of all accounts requesting it have already watched the whole series.

Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, says: "We’re delighted that Normal People has been such a success and so many people have come to iPlayer to watch it."

Every episode of the series has been uploaded to the iPlayer, which is not available to watch in the Republic of Ireland.

However, RTÉ are showing two episodes of the show every Tuesday night, which are also available to watch on the RTÉ Player.