Christmas Day Ratings: EastEnders Tops 11 Million Viewers

EastEndersBBC One dominated the Christmas Day ratings once again thanks to its line up of Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and The Royle Family but ITV1 performed strongly but only thanks to its soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street.


BBC OneBBC One once again dominated the Christmas Day ratings with its impressive and strong line up with drama, soap, entertainment, comedy and science fiction on offer compared to ITV’s soap, quiz-show and Poirot. It was, as ever, soap EastEnders that topped the day’s ratings with 11.4 million viewers for another dramatic Christmas in Albert Square.


BBC One had a strong afternoon with Top of the Pops Christmas pulling in 4 million vioewers followed by The Queen’s Speech which had 6.5 million viewers – compared to 2.3 million who watched on ITV1. Film Shrek the Third had an impressive 7.2 million viewers with The Gruffalo pulling in 5.8 million viewers. It was the BBC’s prime-time offerings though that really dominated the ratings.


At 5.10pm The One Ronnie, a one-off special featuring Ronnie Corbett and an array of other comedians such as Miranda Hart, David Williams, Matt Lucas and Rob Brydon, had 7.9 million viewers. At 6pm Doctor WhoDoctor Who: A Christmas Carol had 10.3 million viewers making it the second most watched programme of the day. The special was the first Christmas outing for Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill who were joined by Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon. At 7pm Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special had an impressive 9.4 million viewers as John Barrowman, June Brown, Fern Britton, Ronni Ancona and Vince Cable took to the dance-floor. Actor and entertainer John Barrowman won the Strictly special. At 8pm was an hour long edition of EastEnders which was the most watched programme of the day with 11.4 million viewers. The Royle Family at 9pm also had big figures with just under 10 million viewers while Come Fly With Me, the new comedy from Matt Lucas and David Williams, had just under 10.3 million viewers – putting it only just behind Doctor Who.


How does all of that compare with ITV1? Well movie The Polar Express had 2.2 million at 1.10pm while following the Queen’s Speech was The Grinch with 2 million viewers. You’ve Been Framed! at Christmas Poirotoffered up 4.4 million viewers and thankfully for ITV its ratings rose to 7.2 million viewers at 6pm for Emmerdale – though it couldn’t beat Doctor Who. At 7pm, up against Strictly, was Coronation Street which had 9 million viewers – only just behind the dancing over on BBC One. At 8pm was All Star Family Fortunes providing an alternative to EastEnders for 4.7 million viewers. Agatha Christie’s Poirot at 9pm had 4.2 million viewers for Murder on the Orient Express.

So there are the figures, are you surprised by them? Have some shows performed better than you expected and others worse? Post your comments below.