Mrs Brown’s Boys most watched show on Christmas day, beating Doctor Who, EastEnders and Downton Abbey

By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

December 26, 2013 | 2 min read

The BBC has unveiled its viewing figures for Christmas Day, with 8.3m million tuning in for the regeneration and arrival of the Twelfth Doctor, but Mrs Brown’s Boys won the TV battle, with 35.5 per cent of the audience (9.4m viewers).

ITV’s Downton Abbey received 6.6m viewers and accounted for 25.4 per cent of the audience.

Charlotte Moore, controller for BBC One, said: “Nothing brings the country together at Christmas quite like BBC One. Huge audiences shared the Christmas Day schedule on the nation’s favourite channel winning four out of the top five most popular shows. Mrs Brown’s Boys took the top spot with 9.4 million viewers, and the arrival of Peter Capaldi won the biggest peak audience of the night with 10.2 million for Doctor Who.”

During the peak hours of 6am until 10.30pm, BBC had an average audience of 7.6m (30.2 per cent), while ITV – without including +1 – had 6.5m viewers, (25.6 per cent).

Overall Top Ten Shows on Christmas Day (not inc +1 channels)

9.30pm: Mrs Brown’s Boys – BBC One - 9.4m / 35.5%

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7.30pm: Doctor Who – BBC One - 8.3m / 30.7%

7.30pm: Coronation Street – ITV1 - 7.9m / 29.3%

8.30pm: EastEnders – BBC One - 7.8m / 29%

5.00pm: Strictly – BBC One - 7.3m / 35.4%

6.15pm: Call The Midwife – BBC One - 7.1m / 30.1%

8.30 pm: Downton Abbey – ITV1 - 6.6m / 25.4%

3.20pm: Toy Story 3 - BBC One - 6.3m / 38.9%

7.15pm: ITV1 News - ITV1 - 5.7m / 23.5%

6.15pm: Emmerdale – ITV1 - 5.5m / 23.6%

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