BBC trounces ITV in 2016 viewing figures thanks to Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


More than 30 of the top 40 TV shows of 2016 were on the BBC, data has revealed.

Viewing figures compiled by the Press Association revealed that the BBC has taken 31 spots in the countdown of this year's Top 40 most watched programmes (so far).

Based on official consolidated figures - which includes those who watch on catch up - Strictly dominates the list with 13 episodes in the rundown.

Nine episodes of the Great British Bake Off appear in the Top 10 while Planet Earth II makes five entries along with Sherlock and Euro 2016 games.

ITV's highest ranking show is the launch of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here with 12.7 million viewers at Number 12, while Britain's Got Talent sees 5 episodes in the chart.

However The X Factor fails to make ANY entry in the Top 40 at all for a second year running.

BBC boss Charlotte Moore said (via Barrhead News): "BBC1 has dominated viewing in 2016 with outstanding programmes in every genre demonstrating the strength of the channel across the whole year.

"BBC1's success is a credit to all the programme-makers involved and I'd like to thank them all - from the biggest ever series of Bake Off and Strictly, to the awe-inspiring Planet Earth II, Sherlock, Call The Midwife and the Euro 2016 final.

"I'm proud that BBC1 continues to unite us as a nation with shows that feel modern, fresh and in touch with our audience entertaining millions every week of the year."

A spokesperson for ITV meanwhile pointed out that the channel enjoyed hosting most-watched soap (Coronation Street), current affairs programme (Tonight) and seven of the top 10 biggest new dramas.

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