Mrs Browns Boys was the biggest show in the Christmas Day TV ratings of 2017, based on overnight figures.
A Christmas special of the BBC One comedy was watched by 6.8 million viewers.
Next in the ranking was Strictly Come Dancing’s festive special. The show saw six former celeb contestants return and Shirley Ballas make her first appearance as a judge at Christmas, was watched by 6.5 million viewers. Despite the highs of this year’s main series, the Christmas special was down 700,000 viewers on 2016’s show.
In reality, The Queen’s Christmas Message actually had more overall viewers with a combined audience of 7.8 million across ITV, BBC One and Sky News.
Next in the numbers was Call The Midwife (6.4 million) followed by EastEnders (6.3 million) as BBC One dominated the night.
Earlier in the day, Doctor Who’s Christmas special – which saw Jodie Whittaker’s first appearance as the new doctor – had 5.7 million viewers.
ITV’s most watched show was Coronation Street with 5.1 million viewers, while Emmerdale had 3.7 million.
Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs interested 3.4 million before Victoria’s Christmas special was seen by 2.7 million viewers on Christmas Day.
In the afternoon film clash, BBC One’s debut of Cinderella had 3.6 million viewers to ITV’s repeat of Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban which saw 2.8 million tuning in.
Elsewhere, on Channel 4, The Great Christmas Bake Off had 3.1 million viewers. A First Dates Christmas special had 2 million and Alan Carr’s Christmas Chatty Man was watched by 1.4 million.
Christmas Day ratings 2017
Top 5 shows. Overnight data. HD and +1 included where applicable.
Mrs Browns Boys – BBC One, 6.8 million
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One, 6.5 million
Call The Midwife – BBC One, 6.3 million
EastEnders – BBC One, 6.3 million
The Queen’s Speech – BBC One, 5.9 million