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Doctor Who and Mrs Brown's Boys top Christmas Day viewing (2013)

Story by Jack Foley

THE regeneration of Doctor Who from Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi was the most-watched Christmas Day television moment, attracting 10.2 million viewers during the five-minute sequence.

But Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special won the Christmas Day viewing battle, attracting 9.4 million viewers throughout to become the most-watched programme of the day.

Matt Smith’s departure from Doctor Who averaged 8.3 million, closely followed by ITV’s Coronation Street, which averaged 7.9 million.

In doing so, Coronation Street beat its soap rival EastEnders for the first time in more than 10 years.

Corrie finished third, while EastEnders came fourth with 7.8 million viewers.

The Queen’s Christmas broadcast, which was shown on both BBC One and ITV, rounded out the top five with 7.5 million, while the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special came sixth with 7.3 million.

Period drama Downton Abbey could only muster eighth spot with 6.6 million viewers despite battling EastEnders for top spot in both of the past two previous years.

Indeed, BBC1 enjoyed the best Christmas Day following overall as eight out of the top 10 most watched programmes aired on the channel. This included the Call The Midwife Christmas Special, which came seventh ahead of Downton with 7.1 million.

The peak-time and all-day average audiences on BBC One on Christmas Day were both higher than those of any other channel, while BBC One’s peak share was 7.6 million viewers – 30.2% of the audience. ITV’s peak average was 6.5 million – 25.6% of the viewers.

The all-day average on BBC One was 3.8 million (26.9%) and ITV’s was 2.5 million (17.8%), although the ITV figures do not include the +1 channel.

However, the ratings, provided by BARB (the official source of television viewing figures in the UK), are only provisional overnight figures and could change once viewers who recorded programmes and then watched them later are taken into account.

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