The Queen’s Speech tops the Christmas Day 2017 TV ratings – but the BBC wins battle of the channels

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The Queen's Speech tops the Christmas Day 2017 TV ratings but the BBC wins channel battle
The Queen’s Speech topped the Christmas Day 2017 ratings, which was dominated by BBC One programming (Picture: Sky News/PA Wire)

The Queen’s Speech has topped the Christmas Day TV ratings, but the BBC wins battle of the channels with the top nine out of ten programmes on BBC One.

The top six consisted of The Queen’s Speech, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Strictly Come Dancing, Call The Midwife, EastEnders and Doctor Who – all on BBC One.

Her Majesty The Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast – aired across BBC One, ITV and Sky News – was the most-watched TV show of the day with 7.6million viewers tuning in.

The Queen's Speech tops the Christmas Day 2017 TV ratings but the BBC wins channel battle
The Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special was the second most-watched programme (Picture: BBC Studios)

The top six programmes were all on the Beeb, with 6.8million tuning in for Mrs Brown’s Boys, 6.5million for Strictly Come Dancing, 6.3million for Call The Midwife and EastEnders respectively.

The biggest programme on another channel – aside from The Queen’s Speech – was Coronation Street on ITV with 4.8m viewers (5.1million when ITV+1 is included). The next biggest show on ITV was another soap – Emmerdale with 3.5million viewers (3.7million with ITV+1).

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Over on Channel 4, the most watched programme was The Great British Bake Off Xmas special which got 2.8million viewers (3.1million if Ch4+1 is included), beaten by Call The Midwife which was on in the same slot.

The Queen's Speech tops the Christmas Day 2017 TV ratings but the BBC wins channel battle
The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special was the third most watched TV show (Picture: BBC)

ITV’s Downton Abbey replacement Victoria – on at the same time as EastEnders over on BBC One – only managed 2.7million.

The biggest film of the day was The Highway Rat on BBC One with 4million viewers, followed by the live action adaptation of Cinderella – also on BBC One – with 3.6million viewers.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: ‘Millions of people chose BBC One on Christmas Day and came together to enjoy the top six most popular programmes from comedy, drama and entertainment, with Mrs Brown’s Boys returning to the top spot (on BBC One).’

The full top ten is below:

1) The Queen’s Speech – 7.6m (BBC One, ITV and Sky News)
2) Mrs Brown’s Boys – 6.8m (BBC One)
3) Strictly Come Dancing – 6.5m (BBC One)
4) Call The Midwife – 6.3m (BBC One)
5) EastEnders – 6.3m (BBC One)
6) Doctor Who – 5.7m (BBC One)
7) Coronation Street – 4.8m (ITV) (5.1m when ITV+1 included)
8) BBC Teatime News – 4.2m (BBC One)
9) The Highway Rat – 4.0m (BBC One)
10) Cinderella – 3.6m (BBC One)

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On Christmas Eve, Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show on BBC One was the most watched programme with 5.7 million viewers tuning in to see the funnyman, according to TellyMix.

It was followed by EastEnders with 5.2 million viewers and Mary, Mel and Sue’s Big Christmas Thank you with 3.6 million viewers.

Metro.co.uk has contacted a rep for BBC One for comment.

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