The Jeremy Clarkson-hosted car series made up half of the Top 10 TV shows, with the first part of an Africa special getting 3.4m requests. This episode was the most popular iPlayer programme last year.
Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special was the third-biggest show, ahead of the first episode of Bad Education's second series which was made available online first.
There was a total of 2.2bn TV programmes and 800m radio shows requested last year - up a third on 2012's numbers.
Dan Taylor, head of BBC iPlayer for BBC future media, said: "The iPlayer is giving people greater flexibility not only when they watch but where they watch, taking their tablet or laptop into kitchens and bedrooms and watching programmes on the »
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