BBC dominates festive viewing

Big Ben and Mrs Brown New Year's Eve coverage and BBC comedy topped festive viewing

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Mrs Brown's Boys was the most-watched Christmas Day show, according to consolidated data that includes catch-up viewings.

The BBC One comedy reached 11.5m viewers in total, up from a live Christmas Day audience of 9.4m.

Doctor Who, which featured Matt Smith giving way to Peter Capaldi in a regeneration episode, was the second most popular show, attracting 11.1m.

However, it is expected that the Boxing Day programme Still Open All Hours will top the Christmas week ratings, with indications that it was watched by more than 12 million viewers, according to BARB data.

David Jason Sir David Jason returned as Granville in Still Open All Hours

BBC One coverage of the New Year's Eve fireworks was the most-watched show during the whole festive period, peaking with 14.1m viewers and gaining an average audience of 13.7m.

Presented by Susanna Reid, the programme's audience was 3m up on the year before, and it has also drawn more than a million hits on YouTube.

The BBC's domination of festive output culminated in the much-awaited return of Sherlock on New Year's Day, when 9.2m tuned in to watch how the sleuth faked his death.

Consolidated Christmas Day ratings

Programme Viewers (millions) Share of TV audience (%)

Mrs Brown's Boys (BBC One)

11.5

36

Doctor Who (BBC One)

11.1

35

Coronation Street (ITV)

9.83

31

Downton Abbey (ITV)

9.41

30

EastEnders (BBC One)

9.36

30

Call the Midwife (BBC One)

9.16

34

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

8.84

38

Toy Story 3 (BBC One)

7.33

40

Emmerdale (ITV)

7.07

26

ITV Weather

5.93

22

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