Poldark went head to head with ITV's Victoria for its first six episodes but Victoria premiered in August so, by the time Poldark aired, Victoria was on its third episode. This may, in part, have affected the number of iPlayer requests for the Poldark premiere, with some people choosing to watch Victoria live and Poldark on demand.
The iPlayer report focuses on the top twenty episodes and the most requested episode per programme for each month. Poldark appears in the report for episodes one, five and ten. One and ten are the premiere and finale. Five gives us the death of Francis and also Ross in the bath tub. At the time five aired it was the least watched episode of the series, with viewing figures of 5.95m (seven day consolidated). It may be that many people caught up with it later, helping to make five the most popular episode of Poldark on iplayer in October, with 872k requests.
Poldark Series Two finished with the good overnight viewing figure of 5.8m (6.9m seven day consolidated) taking it back to the levels seen for Series One. It's hardly surprising then, that the number of requests on iPlayer were more modest at 697k. Nevertheless, it was the twelfth most requested programme in November.
Here are the tables which should be read alongside the Notes and Glossary:
Source of request figures: BBC Digital Analytics
Source: BBC iPlayer Performance Report