Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas special proved to be a ratings hit, claiming most viewers outside of the Queen’s festive message.
The Strictly Special, which was won by pop star Anne-Marie, was seen by an average of 5.8 million viewers according to the BBC’s overnight numbers.
The 30-year-old singer and her professional dance partner Graziano Di Prima won after an exciting cha-cha-cha, which earned them the perfect score of 40 from the jury.
BBC One secured eight of the top 10 programs on Christmas Day – with ITV ranking 8th and 9th with episodes from Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
The Queen’s Christmas broadcast, roughly 10 minutes long, reflecting on the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, was followed by 7.4 million viewers on the BBC.
Queen Elizabeth II during her annual Christmas broadcast
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Third place went to Call The Midwife with 4.7 million viewers, Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel secured 4.6 million and finished fourth, while Blankety Blank finished fifth with 4.2 million.
Sixth place went to Mary Poppins Returns, the 2018 sequel to the popular 1964 film, with 3.7 million viewers, while the animation production Superworm took seventh place with 3.34 million.
On ITV, Coronation Street garnered 3.25 million viewers and Emmerdale was seen by 3 million.
The festive EastEnders special was in 10th place with 2.9 million viewers.
The BBC One sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, which usually garners high viewership, was not in the top 10.
BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore said: “Viewers voted for the BBC on Christmas Day and entertained it by the millions, with Strictly taking first place.
“Nothing brings the country together for Christmas like the BBC. There was something for everyone with the seven most popular shows of the day rounding off a brilliant year on the BBC celebrating British creativity in which we delivered hits, award-winning works and saw huge audiences come to our shows.
“It is these moments in a time of intense competition that prove that, after 99 years, the BBC is more important than ever.
“2022 is an exciting and exciting year to celebrate our 100th anniversary with a huge selection of world-class content that will celebrate and celebrate the unique role the BBC continues to play in the lives of viewers across the UK reflect.”