BBC One tops UK Christmas Day TV ratings

Louise Duffy | 27-12-2013

BBC One comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys was the most-watched programme on Christmas Day in 2013, with an average audience of 9.4 million viewers and Doctor Who, also on BBC One, won the biggest peak audience with 10.2 million tuning in for the regeneration and arrival of the Twelfth Doctor.

Third on the list was ITV1's Coronation Street, followed by BBC One's EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing.

Charlotte Moore, controller, 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.”

Overall top 10 shows on Christmas Day (not including +1 channels)

1. 9.30pm: Mrs Brown’s Boys – BBC One - 9.4m / 35.5%

2. 7.30pm: Doctor Who – BBC One - 8.3m / 30.7% (5min peak: 10.2m)

3. 7.30pm: Coronation Street – ITV1 - 7.9m / 29.3%

4. 8.30pm: EastEnders – BBC One - 7.8m / 29%

5. 5.00pm: Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One - 7.3m / 35.4%

6. 6.15pm: Call The Midwife – BBC One - 7.1m / 30.1%

7. 8.30 pm: Downton Abbey – ITV1 - 6.6m / 25.4%

8. 3.20pm: Toy Story 3 - BBC One - 6.3m / 38.9%

9. 3.00pm: The Queen's Speech - BBC One - 5.7m / 36.2%

9. 7.15pm: ITV1 News - ITV1 - 5.7m / 23.5%

10. 3.10pm: BBC One News - BBC One - 5.6m / 37.4%

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, added: “I’m really proud of the quality and range of programmes we’ve shown across BBC Television this Christmas. Much-loved shows like Doctor Who, Strictly, EastEnders and Mrs Brown have been hugely popular with viewers this year.”


Peak share (6am-10.30pm)

BBC One averaged 7.6m / 30.2%

ITV1 averaged 6.5m / 25.6% (without +1)


All hours share (0600–2400)

BBC One averaged 3.8m / 26.9%

ITV1 averaged 2.5m / 17.8% (without +1)