Olympics and Diamond Jubilee beat big-hitters Downton and X Factor to become most-watched TV programmes of the year

Olympics and Diamond Jubilee beat big-hitters Downton and X Factor to become most-watched TV programmes of the yearCultural and sporting events triumphed over usual favouritesClosing Ceremony was most-watched show since records began in 1981 | UPDATED: 11:19 GMT, 13 December 2012 Half of the most watched programmes of the year were sporting or cultural events, according to figures released yesterday. The London Games, Euro 2012, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were among the most popular, eclipsing traditional audience winners such as The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. The Olympics Closing Ceremony in August was the most-watched programme of the year – attracting an average audience of 24.5 million, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board.