Strictly special proves hit with Christmas Day TV audience

Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas special proved a ratings hit, claiming the most viewers of any programme apart from the Queen’s festive message.

The Strictly special, which was won by the pop star Anne-Marie, was watched by an average of 5.8 million viewers, according to overnight figures from the 英国广播公司.

The 30-year-old singer and her professional dance partner, Graziano Di Prima, were victorious after performing a thrilling cha-cha-cha, which earned them a perfect score of 40 from the judges.

BBC One had eight of the top 10 programmes on 圣诞节 Day. ITV took eighth and ninth place with festive episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

In the Queen’s Christmas broadcast, which was about 10 minutes long, the monarch reflected on the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It was watched by 7.4 million viewers.

Third place went to Call The Midwife with 4.7 million viewers. Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel secured 4.6 million and was fourth, while Blankety Blank took fifth with 4.2 百万.

Sixth place was taken by Mary Poppins Returns, 这 2018 sequel to the well-loved 1964 电影, 和 3.7 million viewers, while the animated production Superworm was in seventh with 3.3 百万.

On ITV, Coronation Street secured 3.3 million viewers and Emmerdale was watched by 3 百万.

In 10th place, the festive EastEnders special had an audience of 2.9 百万.

The BBC One sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, which usually secures high audience numbers, did not feature in the top 10.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s chief content officer, 说: “Viewers chose the BBC on Christmas Day and [[object Window]] entertained them in their millions, with Strictly taking the top spot.

“Nothing brings the country together at Christmas quite like the BBC. There was something for everyone, with the seven most popular programmes across the day. That caps off a brilliant year on the BBC, celebrating British creativity where we have delivered hits and award-winning work and seen huge audiences come to our shows.

“It’s these moments, in a time of intense competition, that prove that after 99 years the BBC matters more than ever.

“We have an ambitious and exciting year ahead in 2022 to mark our centenary year with an unmissable range of world-class content that will celebrate and reflect the unique role the BBC continues to play in the lives of audiences across the UK.”