Christmas Day 2016 Ratings Top 10

Doctor Who was the 7th most watched show on Christmas Day 2016, according to early overnight viewing figures.

The Return of Doctor Mysterio was estimated to have been watched by an average 5.7 million viewers, just behind EastEnders. Strictly Come Dancing was the most watched show this year.

This was equal to Doctor Who’s position last year.

Overnight Viewing Figures 2016

  • 1. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) 7.2m
  • 2. The Great British Bake Off (BBC) 6.3m
  • 3. Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC) 6.1m
  • 4. Coronation Street (ITV) 6.1m
  • 5. Call the Midwife (BBC) 6.1m
  • 6. EastEnders (BBC) 5.9m
  • 7. Doctor Who (BBC) 5.7m
  • 8. The Queen (BBC) 5.2m
  • 9. Emmerdale (ITV) 4.7m
  • 10. Frozen (BBC) 4.7m

Overnight Viewing Figures 2015

  • 1. Downton Abbey (ITV) 6.9m
  • 2. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) 6.5m
  • 3. Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC) 6.4m
  • 4. Stick Man (BBC) 6.4m
  • 5. Coronation Street (ITV) 5.9m
  • 6. Call the Midwife (BBC) 5.8m
  • 7. Doctor Who (BBC) 5.8m
  • 8. EastEnders (BBC) 5.7m
  • 9. Brave (BBC) 5.5m
  • 10. Emmerdale (ITV) 4.4m

The overnight figures are early estimates and we can expect a sizeable increase when the final BARB figures are released. The overnight figures only include those who watched it live and those who recorded and watched it later that night. However, the final figures includes those who recorded and watched within a week, making them a more accurate measure of how many were watching.