Royal baby and record page views

 
The duke, duchess and new son outside the Lindo Wing

The much-anticipated arrival of the royal baby brought a record day for BBC News Online on Monday, with a total of 19.4m unique browsers. This is our biggest day ever globally and our second biggest day ever in the UK, with 10.8m unique browsers.

Our previous record was 9 August 2011, during the riots in England. For the UK audience, that is still - narrowly - the biggest day ever. On that day there were 18.2m unique browsers, 10.9m of which came from the UK.

We also had a couple of record days on mobile - 9.2m mobile devices visited BBC News Online on Monday and 8.6m mobiles or tablets came to the site on Tuesday. Our previous record was 7.8m users during the Boston bombings.

These figures account for almost half of all visitors to the site on both days (just over 47%). The numbers of you using mobiles and/or tablets to visit the site have been steadily growing over the past year or so. Earlier this month we updated our mobile apps so that you can receive alerts on breaking news stories, and we've been working hard to provide the best service on mobile.

As you might expect, visits to the site peaked between 20:00 and 21:00 BST on Monday when the announcement was made that the royal baby was a boy. On Tuesday, traffic peaked between 19:00 and 20:00 BST, about the time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the hospital to make their first public appearance with their new son.

Giles Wilson is features editor of BBC News Online

 

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