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'British Bake Off' defeats 'X Factor' in Digital Spy end of year poll

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The Great British Bake Off has been crowned the 'Best Reality Show' of 2012 by Digital Spy readers, beating Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

In a poll of over 25,000 readers, Digital Spy fans picked the Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood baking contest as their reality TV highlight.

Great British Bake Off, Desserts

© BBC



Collecting 20.1% of the final vote, the BBC Two ratings hit nudged the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing (19.2%) into second place.

The X Factor, which suffered some of its lowest ratings in its history, slipped to third place with 18.9%. The 2011 series of X Factor was the runaway winner of last year's Digital Spy end of year survey.

The X Factor 2012 judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh

© ITV / Nicky Johnston



In slightly better news for Simon Cowell, Britain's Got Talent got one over BBC rival The Voice UK, by finishing in fourth spot.

Digital Spy Readers' Top 5 Reality Shows of 2012:
1. Great British Bake Off - 20.1%
2. Strictly Come Dancing - 19.2%
3. The X Factor - 18.9%
4. Britain's Got Talent - 12.4%
5. The Voice - 9.1%

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