Belfast Telegraph

BBC One's success 'unprecedented'

A summer of sport helped boost BBC One's viewing figures in 2012 and gave the channel nine of the top 10 most watched shows of the year.

Figures released by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB) showed the channel's all-day share of the audience rose from 20.7% in 2011 to 21.3%.

The only other mainstream channel which recorded an increase was Channel 5, whose all day share rose from 4.4% to 4.5%.

BBC Two's share fell from 6.6% to 6.1%, while ITV went from 16.6% to 15.7% and Channel 4 declined from 6.8% to 6.5%.

Figures for the top 10 most watched programmes showed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics both pulled in more than 24 million viewers, with only England's Euro 2012 quarter-final exit to Italy getting even close - with an audience of 20.3 million.

The only non-BBC One show that made the top 10 was another Euro 2012 match, when 16.2 million tuned into ITV to watch England play the Ukraine.

Other popular shows included the Diamond Jubilee Concert, which had an audience of 15.3 million, and the Strictly Come Dancing final, which attracted 13.4 million viewers.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said: "BBC One's unprecedented success is down to all those programme-makers across the genres who produced such fine content throughout the year.

"I'm proud to say BBC One brought Britain together in 2012, it was at the heart of the UK and the action, but most of all it was the home of the highest quality programmes.

"In 2013, we aim to maintain that momentum and continue to bring audiences new and exciting shows they will love."


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