Bake Off rises to the top of 2015's most watched shows

Bake Off rises to the top of 2015's most watched shows

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By Ed Gove,
Thursday, 17th December 2015
Nadiya Hussain, Mary Berry, Bake Off, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
Nadiya Hussain has released a press statement saying she is 'delighted' to sign on with the BBC for future projects (credit: BBC)

BBC One dominates list of the 40 most watched programmes this year.

Over half of the top 40 TV shows of 2015 aired on BBC One, according to research compiled by the Press Association from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (Barb).

Despite an increase in viewers over the year, Channel 4 does not make the list, as BBC One fills 27 spots, and ITV takes the remaining 13 places. 

Strictly Come Dancing appeared 13 times in the list, making it the most consistently viewed show so far this year.

The Great British Bake Off was the most viewed programme of the year, with 15 million viewers tuning in to see Nadiya Hussain be crowed Bake Off champion in October.

Bake Off also features nine other times in the list.

Britain’s Got Talent was the most popular ITV show, and the second most highly rated this year, with an impressive 12.7 million viewers for the final of the show.

A notable absence from the list was the X-Factor, which despite being considered an autumn TV staple, did not appear on the list.

However ITV dramas fared very well, with Downton Abbey and Broadchurch making sixth and seventh place respectively.

ITV also showed the most popular sporting event, the England v Wales Rugby World Cup game which drew an audience of 9.7 million.  

The Voice, which will be moving to ITV in 2017, drew in viewing figures of 10.09 million at its series peak, putting it ninth.

Doctor Foster, which aired on BBC One in the autumn, was the most viewed original drama, drawing an audience of 10 million which put it in tenth place in the top 40.

However these figures cannot account for Christmas specials, including the Downton Abbey finale on Christmas day and the Call The Midwife special, which could change the shape of the chart.


Top 10 Most-Viewed Shows of 2015

  1. The Great British Bake Off – BBC One – 15 million
  2. Britain’s Got Talent – ITV – 12.7 million
  3. Strictly Come Dancing – 11.7 million
  4. EastEnders – BBC One – 11.5 million
  5. I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – ITV – 11.3 million
  6. Downton Abbey – ITV – 10.89 million
  7. Broadchurch – ITV – 10.86 million
  8. Call The Midwife – BBC One – 10.7 million
  9. The Voice – BBC One – 10.09 million
  10. Doctor Foster – BBC One – 10 million


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BBC One dominates list of the 40 most watched programmes this year.