What was the most-watched UK TV show of 2022? The top 10 revealed

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3 Jan 2023, 09:35

(L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Strictly Come Dancing logo, I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! logo

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The list of the most-watched TV shows in the UK has finally been revealed. 

It’s been a busy year in telly, with sporting tournaments, royal events and reality TV back in full swing following two years of coronavirus delays and restrictions. 

Now we’re into 2023, Deadline has taken a look at the TV Barb figures, and revealed the top 10 most-watched shows of the last year, with the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II taking the top spot. 

The touching broadcast, which saw the late monarch laid to rest, was watched by 29 million people at its peak, with 37.5 million viewers watching for at least three minutes. 

Coming in at number two, by quite a large number, is the launch episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. 

While Lioness Jill Scott was crowned as Queen of the Jungle, it was the inclusion of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock which helped boost the ratings, and saw its 6th November audience reach 11.9 million viewers. 

The ITV series also returned to the Australian jungle for the first time in two years, which no doubt enticed loyal viewers back to see the stars squirm at the mere thought of the native creepy crawlies. 

Next up in third place is the Strictly Come Dancing finale on December 17th with 10.5 million viewers. The glittering episode saw Hamza Yassin take the top spot, battling against Helen Skelton, Molly Rainford and Fleur East to lift the Glitterball trophy. 

In fourth is the Eurovision Song Contest, which earned 9.1 million viewers on 14th May. The UK narrowly missed out on the top spot, with Sam Ryder landing in second place behind Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra. 

ITV drama Trigger Point, starring Vicky McClure, rounds out the top five, with 8.7 million viewers, while The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe is close behind with 8.4 million watchers. 

The Tourist, starring Jamie Dornan also landed 8.4 million viewers, while Britain’s Got Talent scored 8.2 million. Death in Paradise garnerd 8.1 million on BBC One, as Channel 4 had major success, and 8 million viewers, with The Great British Bake Off. 

Meanwhile, the England v France World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar was the most watched single broadcast of 2022, landing 21.3 million viewers. The final, which saw Argentina lift the coveted trophy, was the third-most watched match.