The Queen’s Christmas Day Broadcast has once again topped off the TV ratings as almost 8 million viewers tuned in to watch in just the UK alone.
The traditional speech was watched by a combined 7.7 million people on the BBC and ITV. The true figure is probably much higher, however, as it does not include the people watching on Sky.
The figures are slightly up on last year when 7.5 million UK viewers tuned in to hear Her Majesty speak.
In second place during the Christmas Day ratings was BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, which drew in a huge festive audience of 7.2 million people. The episode saw head judge Len Goodman depart from the show after fourteen series.
The Great British Bake Off Christmas special finished in third place with 6.3 million viewers. This was the final time the BBC aired the baking show, before it moves to Channel 4.
In this year’s broadcast, the 90-year-old monarch spoke about inspiration, and those people in the community who inspire her.
She also congratulated Team GB for their success at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, saying ‘inspiration fed aspiration’.
The 2016 Christmas message was produced by ITN and was broadcast on Christmas Day at 15:00 GMT on BBC One ITV1, Sky 1 and Sky News, as well as BBC Radio 4 and Classic FM.
Top 10 watched shows on Christmas Day:
- The Queen’s Speech (BBC & ITV) 7.7m
- Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) 7.3m
- Great British Bake Off (BBC) 6.3m
- Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC) 6.1m
- Coronation Street (ITV) 6.1m
- Call the Midwife (BBC) 6.1m
- EastEnders (BBC) 5.9m
- Doctor Who (BBC) 5.7m
- Emmerdale (ITV) 4.7m
- Frozen (BBC) 4.7m