BBC One racks up record for 2012
Editor | 11-01-2013
2012 for the BBC may be remembered as the year of child abuse scandals and resignations, but it has also been revealed to have been a record-breaking year for BBC One.
Final consolidated data released by the corporation showed that over the course of 2012, the flagship TV channel enjoyed its best year since 2008 in both peak and all hours share, and delivered the highest average audience to the channel since 2004.
Delighting in the performance, the BBC was keen to note that BBC One was the only terrestrial channel to increase its peak share year-on-year, as well as "dominate" with nine out of the top ten rating programmes of 2012.
In addition to the record 0.9 points share increase, 2012 was also the first year on record all hours share had shown growth, with share increasing by 0.6 points. BBC One claimed the biggest programme on record when 24.5 million tuned in for the Olympic Closing Ceremony. It also featured the top show across all channels in comedy with Mrs Brown's Boys, in entertainment with Strictly Come Dancing, and in factual with the critically slammed but still highly popular Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Commenting on the performance, a clearly delighted 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 of what everyone involved has achieved. It's been an outstanding year overall for programme-makers on the channel, and I'm grateful to all of them ... In 2013 we aim to maintain that momentum and continue to bring audiences new and exciting shows they will love."