Big Brother 2014 was least watched series ever

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The last series of Big Brother UK was the least watched series to date.

The run, which lasted for 72 days and ended last Friday night, averaged a total of 1.58 million viewers every night on Channel 5.

It was down almost 300,000 viewers on the average for the 2013 series, the current most watched series on Channel 5.

And the run was down 60,000 viewers on the previous low in 2012, which went up against the London Olympics, although this year's show did have to contend with the World Cup at some points.

Big Brother was blighted from the get go with complaints and controversies, with telly watchdog Ofcom receiving nearly 3,000 across the 3 month long show.

400 complaints alone have been made about the final earlier this month, which saw Helen Wood controversially beat Ashleigh Coyle to victory.

The 'fix' claims even forced Channel 5 to release voting stats to prove that Helen had really won.

In an 800 word statement released yesterday, the channel also responded to criticisms over keeping Helen in the house despite her warnings and for giving her a pass to the final on Day One.

C5 concluded: "The Big Brother voting system remains independently verified and Big Brother is satisfied that the outcome of Big Brother 2014 was an accurate reflection of the public's decisions."

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