Mrs Brown’s joys
Comedy shocks Strictly to take the Christmas Day ratings crown
MRS Brown’s Boys won the Christmas Day TV ratings battle in a surprise victory over Strictly Come Dancing.
The show, starring Brendan O’Carroll, secured 6.8 million viewers – the highest for a single show on one network.
It was 300,000 ahead of Strictly, which had been favourite. A spokesman for bookmaker Coral said: “It’s a big shock. Half the bets we took were on Strictly.”
The top six shows were all on the BBC, with Call The Midwife – the day’s top drama – in joint third place with EastEnders, attracting 6.3million. The Queen’s broadcast was the most-watched programme overall, in fifth with 5.9million viewers on BBC1 – and a further 1.9million on ITV.
Doctor Who was sixth with 5.7million viewers. Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content, said: “Millions of people chose BBC1 on Christmas Day and came together to enjoy the top six programmes.”
ITV got a look-in at seventh place with Coronation Street, at 5.1 million. BBC News, The Highway Rat on BBC1, and ITV soap Emmerdale made up the rest of the top 10.
HAPPY XMAS Brendan O’Carroll