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EastEnders knocked off top spot for Christmas viewing

Albert Square, the setting for the BBC1 soap. Picture: Andrew Stuart/PA Wire Albert Square, the setting for the BBC1 soap. Picture: Andrew Stuart/PA Wire

Thursday, December 26, 2013
3:00 PM

EastEnders failed last night to take its traditional spot as Christmas Day’s most-watched TV show, with sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys beating the London soap by 1.6million viewers.

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ITV’s Coronation Street also pipped the BBC1 serial, taking the honours as the top festive soap opera for the first time in more than a decade.

Mrs Brown’s Boys - the bawdy show created by Irish comic Brendan O’Carroll, which has become a surprise ratings hit - pulled in an average audience of 9.4million.

With 8.3million viewers, Corrie tied with Doctor Who - which included Matt Smith’s regeneration into the new doctor Peter Capaldi - to jointly claim second spot in the viewing league table.

The special, which saw The Doctor age 300 years and included a brief return for Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, was up 700,000 viewers on last year.

This year’s figures are a setback for EastEnders, which used to regularly top the Christmas viewing figures.

The episode was packed with incident, including the arrest of Janine Butcher for murder and the arrival of new Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter - played by Danny Dyer. The show lost 1.6 million viewers compared with last year.

Here is the full list:

1. Mrs Brown’s Boys BBC1, 9.30pm) - 9.4m

2= Doctor Who ( BBC1, 7.30pm) - 8.3m

2= Coronation Street ( ITV, 7.30pm) - 8.3m

4. EastEnders (BBC1, 8.30pm) - 7.8m

5. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 5pm) - 7.3m

6. Call the Midwife (BBC1, 6.15pm) - 7.1m

7. Downton Abbey (ITV, 8.30 pm) - 7m

8. Toy Story 3 (BBC1, 3pm) - 6.3m

9. ITV News (ITV, 10.30pm) - 5.9m

10. Emmerdale (ITV, 6.15pm) - 5.8m

(All ITV figures in the overnight ratings include viewers on the catch-up plus one service.)

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