The northern soaps hold the dubious honour of being at number 10 and number seven respectively in a list of programmes which viewers found offensive published by the regulator Ofcom.
The murder scenes on Emmerdale and a gay kiss on Coronation Street provoked complaints during the year.
But it was Channel 5 reality show Big Brother which received the most complaints – 965 – to top the table for a second year running.
The second most-complained about programme was the X Factor results show, which generated 734 complaints.
There were 317 complaints about an episode broadcast in October that featured Lady Gaga performing in an “inappropriate” skimpy outfit made of shells and flesh-coloured underwear.
TV News was third on the complaints list, with a total 574 complaints including 278 related to its coverage of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby.
An Ofcom investigation into the issue will be published following the conclusion of criminal proceedings. BBC News, 5 News, Channel 4 News and Sky News are also among the broadcasters being investigated for showing graphic pre-watershed images.
The full list:
1. Big Brother: 965 complaints
2. The X Factor: 734
3. ITV News: 574
4. Comic Relief: Funny for Money: 492
5. Celebrity Big Brother: 438
6. Britain’s Got Talent: 422
7. Emmerdale: 376
8. BBC News: 354
9. Downton Abbey: 252
10. Coronation Street: 225