The Great British Bake Off most-watched TV show in 2015

Nadiya from The Great British Bake Off

With more than 15 million viewers, The Great British Bake Off final was the most-watched show of the year so far.

Seven of the top 10 most-watched programmes are episodes of the BBC One baking show, with two episodes of Britain's Got Talent and one of Strictly Come Dancing also featuring.

The top 40 contains 23 BBC One programmes and 17 ITV shows.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore described the figures, compiled by the Press Association, as "wonderful".

Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey

EastEnders, Downton Abbey and Broadchurch all made the list, which uses information published by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (Barb).

"It's wonderful to see the fabulous Great British Bake Off top the list in what has been an incredible year for BBC One," said Ms Moore.

"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."

Strictly Come Dancing is the most frequently featured programme in the list, with 12 appearances.

Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli on Strictly Come Dancing

Britain's Got Talent is in the top 40 seven times, while I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here has four spots.

There are no episodes of The X Factor in the list.

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, with Downton Abbey and Broadchurch.

The channel also had the most-watched sporting event of 2015, with England taking on Wales in the Rugby World Cup.

It's wonderful to see the fabulous Great British Bake Off top the list in what has been an incredible year for BBC One
Charlotte Moore
Controller, BBC One

That match had a total audience of 9.7 million.

Reflecting the way people now watch television, the figures do not just take into account live viewing.

They show consolidated ratings for seven days, which means they also reflect the audiences who watched a recording of the show within a week of it first being broadcast, on online catch-up services for example.

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