'Great British Bake Off' And 'Strictly Come Dancing' Dominate Most-Watched TV Shows Of 2015, But 'X Factor' Misses The Top 10

Most-Watched Shows Of The Year REVEALED (And It's Bad News For 'X Factor')

'Great British Bake Off' and 'Strictly Come Dancing' have given BBC One a great year in the ratings, after it emerged they are among the most-watched shows of the year... while 'X Factor' is nowhere to be seen on the top 40.

BBC One is on course to triumph over ITV in the battle for the year's biggest ratings, thanks to hit series such as 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'The Great British Bake Off'.

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More than half of the top 40 most-watched programmes so far in 2015 were broadcast by BBC One. This includes the 'Bake Off' final, which is at number one in the chart with a massive 15 million viewers.

The figures were hailed by BBC One boss Charlotte Moore as "wonderful" and a reflection of "an incredible year" for the channel.

Just 13 of the top 40 were shown by ITV - though this could change at Christmas with the broadcast of the last ever episode of 'Downton Abbey'.

The chart has been compiled by the Press Association from data produced by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (Barb).

All 10 episodes of this year's series of 'The Great British Bake Off' are in the list, with seven inside the top 10.

'EastEnders' appears three times, including both of the 30th anniversary episodes broadcast on February 19.

But it is 'Strictly Come Dancing' which dominates the top 40, appearing a total of 12 times - a number that could increase after the transmission on December 19 of the show's grand final.

'Strictly Come Dancing'

ITV's highest entry is the final of 'Britain's Got Talent', which is at number two with just under 13 million viewers. The show appears a total of seven times in the chart, while another ITV series, 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!', appears four times. 'The X Factor' does not make the top 40.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore told the Press Association: "It's wonderful to see the fabulous 'Great British Bake Off' top the list in what has been an incredible year for BBC One.

"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 BBC One's highest-rating shows all reflect this.

"Next year, BBC One's commitment to ambitious and pioneering television will continue to raise the bar even further on quality and innovation."

An ITV spokesman pointed out that the channel had broadcast the most-watched entertainment show of the year in 'Britain's Got Talent', along with the highest-rated dramas ('Downton Abbey' and 'Broadchurch') and the most-watched sporting event of 2015 - England v Wales in the Rugby World Cup, which had a total audience of 9.7 million.

For the top 40 to change before the end of the year, a programme will need to attract an audience of at least 10.5 million viewers.

Currently only BBC One (27 shows) and ITV (13) appear in the chart.

The top 40 was compiled using Barb's consolidated ratings for seven days. This is the number of people who watched a programme live plus those who watched a recording of the show within a week of its original transmission.

The figures for ITV also include the ITV HD and ITV+1 channels. If these were removed from the calculations, BBC One programmes would make up 39 of the top 40.


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