He made his debut in the 2nd show of the series, beating rollover champion Liam Herringshaw in an enthralling encounter. He won 7 more shows, accumulating 813 points, finishing just 11 points the #1 seed, Mark Deeks.
He returned 6 months later for the finals, not facing too much competition in his quarter- and semi-finals against #7 seed Nikki Roberts and #3 seed Paul Keane. But, the final was a completely different prospect altogether.
He faced the surprise finalist Carl Williams in a game which saw Cole behind for 5 rounds in the middle, before taking the lead in round 11, which he extended to 10 thanks to his 1 away offering in the last numbers. So, Cole was just seconds away from winning, but Williams unscrambled TIMEUPLAD in the 26th second to force the game to a 2nd conundrum, but Cole fought back to turn VAANGELIS to GALVANISE, and become the new Countdown champion in Jeff Stelling's final show as presenter.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5280||7/06/2011||P||Liam Herringshaw||93 – 112||Graeme Cole||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||132|
|5281||8/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||105 – 49||Steven Hatton||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||126|
|5282||9/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||99 – 57||Aidan Turnbull||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||119|
|5283||10/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||92 – 57||James Hall||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||116|
|5284||13/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||94 – 75||Graham Moonie-Dalton||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||124|
|5285||14/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||125 – 19||Mike Linnell||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||129|
|5286||15/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||91 – 41||Justin Maelzer||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||118|
|5287||16/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||95 – 59||Gary Hendricks||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||116|
|5393||9/12/2011||QF||Nikki Roberts||61 – 113||Graeme Cole||David Lloyd||Susie Dent||129|
|5397||15/12/2011||SF||Graeme Cole||96 – 71||Paul Keane||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||119|
|5398||16/12/2011||GF||Carl Williams||95 – 105*||Graeme Cole||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||125|