he Strictly Come Dancing last attracted a mean of 11.6 million and a peak of 13.2 million viewers – the best figures in eight years.
It was essentially the most watched present throughout all channels on Saturday evening, with a 53.3 per cent viewers share.
Invoice Bailey and his South African dance accomplice Oti Mabuse had been topped because the winners – with Mabuse lifting the glitterball for a second consecutive 12 months. At 55, comic Bailey is the oldest contestant ever to win the BBC present.
Kate Phillips, performing controller of BBC One, mentioned: “Strictly has offered a lot wanted sparkle to our weekends this autumn and final evening’s last introduced pure pleasure to over 13 million viewers everywhere in the UK as Invoice and Oti lifted the glitterball.”
They had been the best viewing figures since a peak of 14 million folks tuned in to observe Olympian Louis Smith win the tenth collection of the present in 2012. The gymnast’s win was watched by a mean viewers of 12.4 million.
Final 12 months the ultimate, the place actor Kelvin Fletcher lifted the glitterball trophy with Mabuse, was watched by a mean of 11.3 million folks. The height viewers was 12.5 million viewers.
In 2018, a peak of 12.7 million viewers watched journalist Stacey Dooley and accomplice Kevin Clifton win.
The 12 months earlier than, actor Joe McFadden attracted a peak viewers of 13.1 million.
In 2017, a peak of 13.1m folks tuned in for last, received by presenter Ore Oduba.
Final evening, Bailey described his win as “surreal”. Bailey appeared shocked when he was introduced because the 12 months’s winner and mentioned it felt “extraordinary” and “fantastic”.
The comedian, whose efficiency to Rapper’s Delight was one of many stand-out moments of the collection, mentioned he might by no means have imagined attending to the final present.
And he paid tribute to Mabuse, who he known as “essentially the most extraordinary trainer, essentially the most extraordinary dancer”.
She “believed in me proper from the start and he or she discovered one thing in me, turned me into this, right into a dancer”, he mentioned.
Singer and social media star HRVY, EastEnders actress Maisie Smith and actuality TV star Jamie Laing had been additionally within the last.
Smith and HRVY would have been Strictly’s youngest winners if they’d received the general public vote.
The nail-biting last started close to a “robust day”, after Christmas plans had been scrapped for thousands and thousands.
“If ever folks wanted cheering up, it’s now,” host Tess Daly informed thousands and thousands of viewers.
“After one other robust day, we’re going to strive our perfect to maintain you entertained with an unforgettable evening of dance.”
The BBC’s continuity announcer mentioned Strictly had introduced viewers collectively throughout tough months.
“In a 12 months that’s saved us aside, whether or not you’re watching in Tyne and Put on, Devon, Berkshire or Lincolnshire, we’re all watching BBC One collectively,” he mentioned.
Decide Craig Revel Horwood, identified for his sharp tongue, referenced the Prime Minister’s announcement, following the fast unfold of the brand new variant coronavirus.
“In gentle of the current information, I’ve determined I’m going to be optimistic. Chances are you’ll not recognise me,” he mentioned.
The Duchess of Cornwall praised Strictly for having “uplifted the nation” when she appeared on the present, in a pre-recorded video clip.
“You’ve given all people a lot pleasure and also you’ve uplifted the nation,” she mentioned.