'Great British Bake Off' and 'Strictly Come Dancing' dominate the Top 40
The X Factor is completely absent from a list of the UK’s top 40 most-watched TV programmes of 2015.
Seven of the Top Ten most-watched programmes are episodes of The Great British Bake Off, including the Number One programme, the baking show’s final, which attracted 15 million viewers.
All ten episodes of The Great British Bake Off appear in the top 40, while no fewer than 12 Strictly Come Dancing episodes appear on the list. Other shows to make multiple appearances on the list include Britain’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and EastEnders.
Overall, 27 of the top 40 most-watched programmes aired on BBC One, with the remaining 13 broadcast on ITV.
“It’s wonderful to see the fabulous Great British Bake Off top the list in what has been an incredible year for BBC One,” the channel’s controller Charlotte Moore told the Press Association, which compiled the list.
“Thanks to the talented creatives we work with, the channel has brought the nation together with a distinctive range of world-class programmes at the top of their game and BBC1’s highest-rating shows all reflect this,” she added. “Next year, BBC One’s commitment to ambitious and pioneering television will continue to raise the bar even further on quality and innovation.”
Despite a performance from Adele, this year’s X Factor final was the lowest rated ever. Nevertheless, its audience of 8.4 million was the largest Simon Cowell’s show managed to attract during its 2015 run.