Mrs Brown’s joys

Com­edy shocks Strictly to take the Christ­mas Day rat­ings crown

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY TOM BRYANT Head of Show­biz tom.bryant@mir­ror.co.uk

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

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