BBC One hits highs in 'unprecedented' year

Fireworks exploding at London 2012 closing ceremony There was a viewing explosion for London 2012 closing ceremony

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The stars of Team GB weren't the only ones raising their game in 2012; BBC One also put in an outstanding performance.

Consolidated figures show the BBC's flagship channel grew its share and bagged nine of the top ten rating programmes.

Audiences flocked to BBC One for the London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and the channel romped to victory in the Christmas and New Year ratings.

BBC One scored its biggest peak share increase on record (ie since 2002 when the current measurement system began) of 0.9 points - the only terrestrial channel to register a rise.

And it grew its all hours share for the first time on record by 0.6 points.

Closing Ceremony

Peak time and all hours share were the largest since 2008, while BBC One enjoyed its highest average audience since 2004.

The London Closing Ceremony attracted the biggest audience on record, with 24.5m tuning in, while Mrs Brown's Boys, Strictly Come Dancing and the Diamond Jubilee Concert proved the most popular in their respective genres.

And new commissions, The Voice UK and Call the Midwife, were the most successful launches in their genres on BBC One for more than a decade.

Danny Cohen, BBC One controller, attributed the 'unprecedented success' to the programme makers.

'It's been an outstanding year overall for programme makers on the channel, and I'm grateful to all of them,' he said.

'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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