Coronation Street beats EastEnders to win Christmas Day soap ratings battle
Coronation Street won the Christmas Day soap battle, beating EastEnders and Emmerdale to the ratings crown.
Viewers were glued to their screens for the festive edition of the ITV soap, which racked up an impressive 4.5million viewers.
Emmerdale wasn’t too far behind, with 3.6million people tuning in – while EastEnders boasted ratings of 3.5million.
However, it must be noted that this is based on initial overnight ratings – with even more people watching on catch-up over the next few days.
It was a heartwarming instalment of life on the Cobbles as David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) and Shona Ramsey (Julia Goulding) finally reunited.
Things were a little more mysterious in the Dales as Al Chapman’s (Michael Wildman) mystery woman was revealed as Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb).
While the festivities were well and truly lacking in Walford, as Denise (Diane Parish) came face-to-face with torturer Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet), while Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) poisoned Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt).
Christmas cheer as usual in Albert Square…
Elsewhere BBC scored a win as the Queen’s Christmas speech was watched by 6.3million on the broadcaster, with the Royal bagging the highest ratings of the day.
And we expect nothing less.
Call The Midwife’s Christmas Day was also a success, with 5.4million tuning in – making it the special the most-watched show of the day.
Kate Phillips, acting controller of BBC One, said: ‘BBC One had the most popular show on Christmas Day as audiences escaped to Poplar for the Call The Midwife special.
‘I’m really proud of the range and quality of programmes we’ve shown across this special day.
‘BBC One entertained the nation and provided something for everyone to enjoy after a particularly difficult year.’
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