26 December 2012 - 11:16am | posted by | 2 comments

BBC comes out on top in Christmas Day ratings battle

 BBC comes out on top in Christmas Day ratings battle BBC comes out on top in Christmas Day ratings battle

According to overnight figures, the BBC won the Christmas Day TV ratings battle with the special episode of EastEnders averaging 9.4 million viewers, making it the most watched programme.

In second place came ITV1’s Coronation Street, which averaged 8.6 million viewers.

The Queen's Christmas Day speech was the third most watched broadcast, with 8.3 million watching on BBC One and ITV1.

In fourth and fifth were the BBC programmes Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special and the Royle Family.

The BBC's entertainment correspondent, Lizo Mzimba has commented that once the final figures - which include digital catch up services - are taken in account, the situation could change.

Last year, ITV's Downton Abbey came fourth according to overnight figures, but eventually it rose to first because of nearly 3 million extra viewers watching after Christmas Day.

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27 Dec 2012 - 11:44
kiera12080's picture

My father aged 88 is asking me how the BBC ITV find out how many watched Eastenders, how can they prove that? Any one know? Email me at cause he's doing my head in

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27 Dec 2012 - 11:44
taylorajames

According to Twitter, Doctor Who was the most talked about Christmas TV show http://bit.ly/12ShowsofChristmas. EastEnders was second.

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