RATINGS! Strictly Come Dancing tops Christmas Day viewing figures 2016

2016 Christmas Day ratings and viewing figures

Christmas Special 2016

Strictly Come Dancing topped the Christmas Day TV ratings of 2016, based on overnight figures.

Strictly's festive special, which saw six former celeb contestants return and Len Goodman make his final appearance as a judge, was watched by 7.2 million viewers. It was the most watched show of the day and up 700,000 viewers on 2015's Xmas special.

In reality, The Queen's Christmas Message actually had more overall viewers with a total audience of 7.7 million, but this was aired across ITV, BBC One and Sky News.

Next in the rankings was the first of two Great British Bake Off Christmas Specials with an audience of 6.3 million, less than half of the 13 million plus viewers who watched the main series earlier this year. The next episode airs tonight at 7PM on BBC One.

Coronation Street on ITV was the top soap on Christmas Day with 6.1 million viewers, while BBC's EastEnders had 5.9 million and Emmerdale secured 4.7 million, also on ITV.

Mrs Brown's Boys was seen by 6.1 million viewers while 6.1 million also watched the Call The Midwife special, triumphing over Maigret (3.2 million) on ITV.

Doctor Who secured an audience of 5.7 million on BBC One while Paul O'Grady's For The Love Of Dogs Xmas treat on ITV had 3.2 million viewers.

In the afternoon film clash, The Lion King was frozen out by Elsa with Frozen attracting 4.7 million viewers on BBC One to ITV's audience of 3.6 million for its rival Disney classic. Earlier in the day, Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets had 3.1 million viewers on ITV.

Christmas Day ratings 2016

Top 5 shows. Overnight data. HD and +1 included where applicable.

Strictly Come Dancing - BBC One, 7.2 million
Great British Bake Off - BBC One, 6.3 million
Mrs Browns Boys - BBC One, 6.1 million
Coronation Street - ITV, 6.1 million
Call The Midwife - BBC One, 6.1 million

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