Top Broadcasts


Year
Programme
Date
Channel
Viewers*
1980s
1981
FILM: Jaws (1975)
8 October
ITV1
23.30
1982
FILM: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
28 March
ITV1
22.90
1983
Coronation Street
23 February
ITV1
18.45
1984
The Royal Variety Performance 1984
25 November
BBC One
20.55
1985
EastEnders
26 December
BBC One
23.55
1986
EastEnders
25 December
BBC One
30.15^
1987
EastEnders
1 January
BBC One
28.00
1988
EastEnders
7 January
BBC One
24.15
1989
FILM: Crocodile Dundee (1986)
25 December
BBC One
21.77
1990s
1990
Neighbours
26 February
BBC One
21.16
1991
Coronation Street
25 November
ITV1
20.45
1992
Coronation Street
22 January
ITV1
20.45
1993
Coronation Street
22 March
ITV1
20.73
1994
Torvill and Dean: Olympic Ice Dance Championship
21 February
BBC One
23.95
1995
Panorama Special: Princess Diana
20 November
BBC One
22.78
1996
Only Fools and Horses
29 December
BBC One
24.35
1997
Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales
6 September
BBC One
19.29
1998
World Cup 1998: England vs. Argentina
30 June
ITV1
23.78
1999
Coronation Street
7 March
ITV1
19.82
2000s
2000
Coronation Street
3 January
ITV1
18.96
2001
Only Fools and Horses
25 December
BBC One
21.35
2002
Only Fools and Horses
25 December
BBC One
17.40
2003
Coronation Street
24 February
ITV1
19.43
2004
Euro 2004: England vs. Portugal
24 June
ITV1
20.66
2005
Coronation Street
21 February
ITV1
14.36
2006
World Cup 2006: England vs. Sweden
20 June
ITV1
18.46
2007
EastEnders
25 December
BBC One
14.38
2008
Wallace and Grommit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
25 December
BBC One
16.15
2009
Britain's Got Talent
30 May
ITV1
18.29
2010s
2010
The X Factor
12 December
ITV1
16.55
2011
The Royal Wedding
29 April
BBC One
13.59
2012
Olympics 2012: Closing Ceremony
12 August
BBC One
24.46
2013
New Year's Eve Fireworks
31 December
BBC One
13.53
2014
FIFA World Cup 2014: Germany vs. Argentina
13 July
BBC One
14.96
*viewers in millions; ^most-watched non-sports television broadcast ever
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