BBC One keeps UK TV Christmas Day leadership

DetailsEditor | 27 December 2014

In what has been a tradition now stretching back for many years, UK Christmas Day TV was dominated by the BBC.

MrsBrownBoysData released by the national broadcaster has shown that overall the flagship BBC One channel averaged seven million viewers in the peak time of 18:0022:30 on 25 December million, claiming a 29% share. In the 06:00-24:00 timeframe BBC averaged 3.6 million for a 26.2% share. By contrast arch rival ITV1, including the +1 service, averaged 5.5 million (22.8%) in peak time and 2.1 million (15.4%) overall.

BBC One channel took seven if the top ten slots for viewing on 25 December 2014 with comedy series Mrs Brown's Boys retained the Christmas Day crown for the second year running and was the most watched programme on Christmas Day in 2014, with an average audience of 7.6 million viewers. There were also strong performances from the channel's top soap EastEnders, reality show Strictly Come Dancing, drama Call the Midwife and comedy Miranda. ITV first appeared in the top ten in sixth place with long-running soap Coronation Street and global hit Downton Abbey failed to show its class registering only in eighth position.

"It's fantastic to see millions of viewers choosing BBC One with the top five most popular shows on Christmas Day," commented BBC One controller Charlotte Moore. "Audiences tuned in for an incredible range of quality programmes from drama, comedy and entertainment; with Mrs Brown's Boys taking the top spot for a second year running."