Christmas Day TV: Queen’s Message Tops Viewing

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The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast was the most watched TV programme on Christmas Day, overnight viewing figures show.

A combined audience of 6.4 million watched her annual message on BBC One, ITV, Sky One and Sky News.

Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show on BBC One was the highest rated programme on a single channel, with 6.1 million viewers tuning in.

The Barb figures show a continuing decline in Christmas TV viewing – 7.6 million watched the Queen last year.

Overnight figures include people who watched a programme live or on catch-up on TV before 02:00 GMT on 26 December but not those watching on-demand services on smartphones and computers.

The Queen used her Christmas broadcast to say that the Christian message of “peace on Earth and goodwill to all” was “needed as much as ever”.

The top five most-watched list included three other programmes shown on BBC One – Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas special, historical drama Call the Midwife and the 2016 live action remake of the Jungle Book.

Top 10 most-watched programmes on Christmas Day 2018

1. The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast (BBC One, ITV, Sky One, Sky News) – 6.4m

2. Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC One) – 6.1m

3. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) – 5.8m

4. Call The Midwife (BBC One) – 5.5m

5. Jungle Book (BBC One) – 5.2m

6. EastEnders (BBC One) – 5.0m

7. BBC Teatime News (BBC One) – 4.7m

8. Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One) – 4.7m

9. Coronation Street (ITV) – 4.6m (including ITV +1)

10. Zog (BBC One) – 4.5m

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