The X Factor, Big Brother are most complained shows of 2012

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Reality shows including The X Factor and Big Brother have been the most complained shows this year.

Stats released by telly watchdog Ofcom have revealed that Big Brother comes out on top as this year's most complained about series.

The show - and its spin-off, Bit On The Side - attracted over 3,000 complaints, ranging from the behaviour of the housemates to its Facebook voting app.

One episode saw 1,140 complaints over Conor McIntyre's clash with fellow housemate Deana Uppal.

In an exchange with fellow housemate Ashleigh Hughes after Conor had argued with Deana, Conor ranted: “I’ll stick this [indicates the hair brush] up her [Deana] f**king minge, the stupid b*****d. I’ll give her a f**king epilator [gestures thrusting the hairbrush into his groin]. I’m going to play loads of pranks on her because she’s a f**king piece of s**t, I don’t give a f**k if I get pulled up to the Diary Room so it could be…”

Big Brother promptly called Conor to the Diary Room, but Ofcom ruled that bosses should have punished the housemate more.

Making their decision the telly watchdog explained: “Ofcom considered that viewers were likely to have felt that Channel 5 did not sufficiently challenge Conor about his behaviour during this exchange.

“The tone and level of questioning during the interview did not adequately reflect the gravity of the potentially serious offence caused by Conor’s remarks.

“In Ofcom’s opinion, viewers were likely to have considered that Conor was not sufficiently confronted or reprimanded by Big Brother. Big Brother did not, for example, suggest to Conor that the remarks were so offensive that if he made similar comments he may have to leave the House immediately, or give him a formal warning, or tell him very directly that such behaviour would not be tolerated in the House.”

Ofcom concluded: “As a result, Ofcom considered that, through this intervention alone, Channel 5 failed to sufficiently mitigate the very high level of potential offence to viewers.”

However The X Factor holds the title for the most complaints about one specific episode, this year so far.

More than 1,340 viewers wrote to the watchdog after Louis Walsh decided to save Rylan Clark over Carolynne Poole in the first sing off of the series.

However Ofcom dismissed the complaints this week, commenting: "Ofcom judged that this matter did not raise issues under the Code as the format of the contest is made transparent and viewers vote in the knowledge that the ultimate decision to eliminate contestants or force a ‘deadlock’ situation rests with the judges."

The most complained about TV episodes this year:

1 The X Factor: 1,345 complaints

2 Big Brother: 1,140 complaints

3 True Stories: Gypsy Blood: 509 complaints

4 Live: The Silent Ascent: 378 complaints

5 Kay Burley, Sky News: 310 complaints

6 Big Brother: 302 complaints

7 Islam: The Untold Story: 287 complaints

8 Keith Lemon’s Lemonaid: 246 complaints

9 Nizam e Mustafa: 173 complaints

10 Citizen Khan: 168 complaints

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