The Great British Bake Off named most watched TV programme of 2015

Chloe Best

The Great British Bake Off has risen to success and dominated the TV ratings in 2015. More than 15 million people tuned in to watch Nadiya Hussain become crowned the Bake Off champion in October, with the increasingly popular show also taking third to eighth place on the top 40 most-watched shows of the year.

Its closest rival was Britain's Got Talent, which attracted 12.75 million viewers for its grand finale at the end of May. Meanwhile Strictly Come Dancing came in ninth position with 11.93 million viewers for the quarter-finals on 5 December.

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Great British Bake Off was named the most viewed TV show of 2015

After the viewing figures were released, BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore said: "It's wonderful to see the fabulous Great British Bake Off top the list in what has been an incredible year for BBC One.

"Thanks to the talented creative 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."

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Britain's Got Talent came second in the top 40

Other BBC shows to make the top 40 most-watched shows include EastEnders, Call the Midwife and Doctor Foster, which was the highest entry by a new programme.

While Simon Cowell may be disheartened to see that The X Factor didn't make the list, his other show Britain's Got Talent does make seven appearances within the top 40 list, after securing 11.25 million or more viewers on a number of occasions during its ninth year on ITV.

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Strictly Come Dancing featured in the list 12 times

Meanwhile I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! also proved popular with viewers, attracting a high of 11.33 million for the series debut on 15 November.

Great British Bake Off has become increasingly popular since it was first aired in 2010, with the 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain saying the show had changed her life during an exclusive interview with HELLO! magazine in October.