Doctor Who gains in consolidated Christmas Day TV ratings

Festive special adds nearly 3 million viewers when timeshifted viewing is included, but Mrs Brown's Boys remains top showNearly 3 million people recorded the festive special of Doctor Who and watched it in the week after Christmas Day, with Downton Abbey among the other most popular timeshifted programmes, but Mrs Brown's Boys held on to the top spot as the dust settled on the festive TV ratings battle.Doctor Who increased its overnight audience from 8.3 million to 11.1 million in the consolidated figures published on Thursday, which includes delayed viewing over the seven days after the programmes were broadcast on TV.Downton Abbey's overnight audience of 7 million viewers was up by 2.4 million to 9.4 milllion. Although it was still down on last year's consolidated audience of 10.3 million the Julian Fellowes drama, which was scheduled against an hour-long EastEnders and Mrs Brown's Boys on Christmas Day, moved up from seventh to fourth place in the ratings.Downton Abbey overtook the Albert Square soap, which fell from fourth to fifth in the consolidated ratings it topped last year, and Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing.Brendan O'Carroll's bawdy sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys reigned supreme, piling on another 2.1 million viewers during the week after Christmas Day to give it a total audience of 11.5 million, around 200,000 more than watched last year's number one, EastEnders.Mrs Brown's Boys did not air on Christmas Day last year, so a strict year-on-year comparison... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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