Christmas TV ratings: Strictly Come Dancing special seen by 7.3 million

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2013

An audience of over 7 million watched last night's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special on BBC One.

The one-off show was seen by an average audience of 7.3 million, as five brand new celebs tackled routines.

Comic Rufus Hound and his pro partner Flavia Cacace were perhaps the surprising winners, with the outcome decided by a combination of the judges' marks and the studio audience vote.

Rufus said: “It’s surreal in the extreme. We didn’t really set out to win and I don’t know what it means.”

The viewing figures are approximately 600,000 viewers down on last year's festive special, however that did air at the later time of 6:15PM.

It was a clear win for BBC One throughout Christmas day, although figures in general were rather low.

The highest rating of the night came from Mrs Brown Boys, with 9.4 million, who Doctor Who's Christmas special had 8.3 million.

Still on BBC One, Call The Midwife was seen by 7 million viewers and Eastenders' had a perhaps disappointing 7.8 million.

It was beaten by ITV's Coronation Street special, which had 7.9 million viewers, the first time that Corrie was ahead of Eastenders on Xmas day since 2000. However, the channel's Downton Abbey was hit by the tough competition on the opposite side, seeing an audience of just 6.6 million.

The premiere of Toy Story 3 was the most watched film of Christmas Day, with over 6 million viewers on BBC One.

ITV ratings exclude +1 audiences

Browse pictures of the Xmas performances below!

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