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Happy Christmas Doctor Who!

Not only was it a Christmassy slush-fest of warmth and loveliness as we travelled through time and space several times yesterday, it seems that viewers also tuned into the Doctor’s latest adventure en masse, with the show scoring a massive peak audience of 9 million viewers, with an impressive average of 8.9 million based on overnight figures.

That puts Doctor Who fourth in the rankings of most-watched Christmas shows, (third based on average viewers) with the delayed viewing figures yet to come. Looking at the table below and noting that Downton Abbey and Coronation Street were both very close to The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, one might be encouraged that Doctor Who could move up into second place – and possibly even beat EastEnders if conditions are favourable!

We’ll know for sure in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, the top 10 in full:

EastEnders – BBC One – 10.2 million peak (9.9 million average)
Coronation Street – ITV – 9.9 million (9.3 million)
Downton Abbey – ITV – 9.1 million (8.6 million)
*Doctor Who – BBC One – 9 million (8.9 million)
Queen’s Speech – BBC One and ITV – 8.2 million (8.2 million)
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One – 8 million (7.5 million)
Absolutely Fabulous – BBC One – 7.9 million (7.4 million)
Emmerdale – ITV – 7.1 million (6.7 million)
All Star Family Fortunes – ITV – 6.9 million (6.4 million)
The Gruffalo’s Child – BBC One – 6.8 million (6.5 million) and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow – BBC One – 6.8 million (6.4 million)

(Data via BBC News)

While we usually discourage reading too much into figures, Christmas is the time of year when these things traditionally mattered, the one time of year in which drawing a huge audience really meant something. Steven Moffat and his team should be proud to have done so well – congratulations all round!



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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