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Christmas Day Overnight Ratings

The Next Doctor‘s thrills, spills and CyberKings enchanted us all, with David Tennant and David Morrissey forming a solid double act on Christmas Day – but it was another double act that took the honour of most-watched show on the day…

Television Christmas past has seen Morecambe & Wise, The Two Ronnies and Del & Rodney (Only Fools and Horses) entertain millions upon millions as traditions have been built, and while Doctor Who has performed strongly since The Christmas Invasion David Tennant and David Morrissey and the might of the CyberKing just weren’t enough to hold off the threat of Wallace & Gromit.

That’s right – A Matter and Loaf and Death trounced opposition on the day as Gromit saved his master from another potentially lethal dalliance (see A Close Shave, Curse of the Were Rabbit)!

So with the plasticine twosome pulling in 14.25m viewers (53.3% of the audience) between 8.30pm and 9pm and peaking at 15.88m (a striking 58.1%) as the show closed, it’s obvious that they trounced both Doctor Who and the two-part EastEnders that was broadcast either side of their latest adventure.

The Next Doctor however took second place 11.71m viewers representing a respectable 50.5% share between 6pm and 7pm, jumping to 12.58m (51.6%) in the final five minutes.

All is not lost for Doctor Who being the most watched program this Christmas of course – catchups via BBC Three and BBC iPlayer have often bumped up Doctor Who at least another 1 million…

Time will tell.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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