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The Queen

Queen of Christmas Day television – Her Majesty’s Speech tops TV ratings as 8 million tune in


The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast topped TV ratings according to overnight figures, with more people tuning in to watch the monarch than any other programme.

Across BBC One, ITV and Sky News, an audience of 8.14 million watched the address in which the 94-year-old Queen spoke of hope amid the ongoing pandemic.

Meanwhile, BBC One’s Call The Midwife had the second highest number of viewers. An average audience of of 5.43 million tuned in to watch the drama, with Blankety Blank achieving a respectable 5.26m.

Last year, The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast failed to top the Christmas TV ratings, having been beaten by comedy Gavin and Stacey.

7.85 million tuned in to watch the speech last year, with Gavin and Stacey drawing in an impressive 11.6m.

The true figure of how many people watched the broadcast is probably much higher than official figures suggest as it does not include people watching online or on the BBC iPlayer.

The top 10 most-watched shows on Christmas Day

  1. The Queen (BBC One, ITV, Sky) – 8.14m
  2. Call The Midwife (BBC One) – 5.43m(
  3. Blankety Blank (BBC One) – 5.26m
  4. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) – 4.86m
  5. Michael McIntyre (BBC One) – 4.66m
  6. Coronation Street (ITV) – 4.55m
  7. Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One) – 3.81m
  8. Emmerdale (ITV) – 3.57m
  9. EastEnders (BBC One) – 3.54m
  10. The Chase (ITV) 3.02m