Viewing figures from the BBC have revealed that an average of 11.6 million people watched the episode, with a peak of 13.2 million viewers.
The finale was the most watched show across all channels, with a 53.3% audience share.
Kate Phillips, acting controller of BBC One, said: ‘Strictly has provided much-needed sparkle to our weekends this autumn and last night’s final brought pure joy to over 13 million viewers all over the UK as Bill and Oti lifted the glitterball.’
Bill described his win as ‘surreal’ after becoming the oldest Strictly celebrity to lift the glitterball trophy.
And his professional dance partner Oti lifted the glitterball for a second consecutive year.
Paying tribute to Oti, Bill called her ‘the most extraordinary teacher, the most extraordinary dancer’.
She ‘believed in me right from the beginning and she found something in me, turned me into this, into a dancer’, he said.
The Strictly couple thanked fans for their continued support in an emotional video shared on social media soon after their victory.
‘We cannot express in words what this means to us both,’ Bill said. ‘So to everyone that voted for us, everyone that supported us, any message of support that we received, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
‘It means the world to us both.’
‘And thank you to everyone who supported the show,’ Oti added. ‘It means the world to us.
‘This show is everything to us and it gave us hope, and you guys watching and supporting and voting for everyone means a lot. Thank you so much!’
Maisie and HRVY would have been Strictly’s youngest winners if they had won the public vote.
Strictly Come Dancing is able to stream on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.