EastEnders loses Christmas Day crown to Mrs Brown's Boys

Daily Echo: EastEnders lost its number one Christmas Day rating to Mrs Brown's Boys EastEnders lost its number one Christmas Day rating to Mrs Brown's Boys

SOAP opera EastEnders lost its traditional slot topping the Christmas Day viewing as sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys became this year's most-watched programme.

The BBC1 serial drama was also beaten by arch-rival Coronation Street with the ITV show taking the honours as the top festive soap opera for the first time in more than a decade.

Mrs Brown's Boys - the bawdy show created by Irish comic Brendan O'Carroll - pulled in an average audience of 9.4million.

Corrie tied with Doctor Who - which included Matt Smith's regeneration into the new doctor Peter Capaldi - on 8.3million viewers, to jointly claim second spot in the viewing league table.

The Dr Who special, which saw The Doctor age 300 years and included a brief return for Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, was up 700,000 viewers on last year.

The BBC took six of the top ten places, but the Queen's Christmas broadcast missed out at the top end of the list. BBC1's audience for the annual address traditionally figures in the top ten but this year's 5.7 million meant it failed to figure in the top shows.

However, with the 2.1 million who watched on ITV, the broadcast managed a combined 7.8 million.

The BBC News lost its place in this year's top ten, replaced by the ITV News.

1. Mrs Brown's Boys (BBC1, 9.30pm) - 9.4m

2. Doctor Who (BBC1, 7.30pm) - 8.3m

2. Coronation Street (ITV, 7.30pm) - 8.3m

4. EastEnders (BBC1, 8.30pm) - 7.8m

5. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 5pm) - 7.3m

6. Call the Midwife (BBC1, 6.15pm) - 7.1m

7. Downton Abbey (ITV, 8.30 pm) - 7m

8. Toy Story 3 (BBC1, 3pm) - 6.3m

9. ITV News (ITV, 10.30pm) - 5.9m

10. Emmerdale (ITV, 6.15pm) - 5.8m

All ITV figures in the overnight ratings include viewers on the catch-up plus one service.

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2:22am Fri 27 Dec 13

derek james says...

pathetic programme living on it's past glories, like coronation street
pathetic programme living on it's past glories, like coronation street derek james

2:27am Fri 27 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

Eastenders is depressing all about murders and cheating and lying and how miserable everyone is. No shock a comedy got higher ratings the show was funny
Eastenders is depressing all about murders and cheating and lying and how miserable everyone is. No shock a comedy got higher ratings the show was funny Mary80

11:49am Fri 27 Dec 13

burgerboy says...

In Eastenders most of the characters are related to one another,
full of interbreed jeds and Jeremy Kyle types.
In Eastenders most of the characters are related to one another, full of interbreed jeds and Jeremy Kyle types. burgerboy

2:13am Sat 28 Dec 13

tommo27 says...

Mrs browns boys just like Miranda=****.

Eastenders no better!
Mrs browns boys just like Miranda=****. Eastenders no better! tommo27

4:13am Sat 28 Dec 13

skeptik says...

The TV is dead - long live the PC. Fact of life or lack of life.
The TV is dead - long live the PC. Fact of life or lack of life. skeptik

10:05am Sat 28 Dec 13

Huffter says...

How on earth do they know who watched what - I slept through most Christmas day TV programmes!
How on earth do they know who watched what - I slept through most Christmas day TV programmes! Huffter

6:51am Sun 29 Dec 13

Brusher Mills says...

Mts browns boys, biggest load if rubbish in tv next to an itv2 reality celeb show.
Mts browns boys, biggest load if rubbish in tv next to an itv2 reality celeb show. Brusher Mills

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