A new era of Doctor Who is now upon us, new production team, new TARDIS team, everything different to merely five years ago. Except one thing that is, Doctor Who remains a Christmas ratings winner – pulling in a huge number of viewers A Christmas Carol and helping the BBC to achieve a ratings win on Christmas Day!
ITV tried bravely to battle with its rival and on Christmas Eve they even had the upper hand with an episode of Coronation Street getting the largest audience share of the timeslot. But the crown once again went to the BBC when they had eight of the top ten shows that were viewed on Christmas Day.
According to initial overnight figures, A Christmas Carol received an average of 10.3 million viewers, peaking at a whopping 11.5 million which is pretty huge considering there were no â€œeventsâ€ this year, such as a regeneration or Kylie appearing out of the stardust again. (Note that final figures are yet to be confirmed and any speculation on these is premature.)
Other notable shows included new comedy Come Fly With Me, by the writers of Little Britain. This managed 10.3 million also, Strictly Come Dancing got an average of 9.4 million views, which is up on previous years. Ronnie Corbettâ€™s The One Ronnie Show got a respectful 7.9 million as he staged a one man show without his late counterpart and finally Eastenders rules the roost this year with an average of 11.4 million viewers tuning in to see the departure of Stacey Branning from the show.
Overall, the BBCâ€™s average viewing figures during the peak time slots was 10.2 million compared to ITVâ€™s 6.1. In other words, the BBC rocks and they know that a large part of it is due to the magic of Doctor Who!