So how much in demand was BBM? According to Google, the best that it could say was that a range between 1 million people and 5 million people had downloaded the app in the first 24 hours. Of the nearly 93,000 who left a comment on the Google Play Store, 69% gave BBM for Android a 5 star rating. The app works on those Android models powered by Android 4.0 or higher.
As for the iOS version of the app, it soared to the number 2 position among free apps available on iTunes. Trailing Bitstrips, an app that allows you to create comic book versions of you and your friends, BBM could still make it to the top once word spreads that the app is available.
BBM for iOS and BBM for Android both launch
1. One to five million downloads of BBM for Android took place in the first 24 hours
2. BBM for iOS is the second most downloaded free app on iTunes
source: BBM (iOS|Android) via Ubergizmo
UPDATE: The latest figures now show over 10 million downloads of BBM for iOS and BBM for Android combined in the first 24 hours! That is one of the best first-day numbers ever.