The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special proved to be an audience success, claiming the most viewers outside of the Queen’s festive message.
The Strictly Special, which was won by pop star Anne-Marie, was watched by an average of 5.8 million viewers, according to BBC overnight figures.
The 30-year-old singer and her professional dance partner Graziano Di Prima claimed victory after performing an exciting cha cha, which earned them a perfect score of 40 from the judges.
BBC One got eight of the top 10 programs on Christmas Day – with ITV taking eighth and ninth spots with episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
The Queen’s Christmas show, which lasted around 10 minutes and saw her reflect on the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, was watched by 7, 4 million viewers.
Third place went to Call The Midwife with 4.7 million viewers, Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Wheel got 4.6 million and finished fourth, while Blankety Blank took fifth place with 4.2 million.
Sixth place was taken by Mary Poppins Returns, the 2018 sequel to the beloved 1964 film, with 3.7 million viewers, while the animated production Superworm was seventh with 3.34 million.
On ITV, Coronation Street drew 3.25 million viewers and Emmerdale was watched by 3 million.
In 10th place, the festive special EastEnders drew 2.9 million spectators.
BBC One sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, which typically gets high audiences, did not make the top 10.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Content Manager, said: âViewers chose the BBC on Christmas Day and entertained them by the millions, Strictly taking the top spot.
Nothing brings the country together at Christmas like the BBC, there was something for everyone with the seven most popular programs of the day crowning a brilliant year on the BBC, celebrating British creativity where we delivered hits and award-winning work and saw a large audience come to our shows.
âThese are the moments, in a time of intense competition, that prove that after 99 years the BBC matters more than ever.
âWe have an ambitious and exciting year ahead in 2022 to mark our centenary with an unmissable lineup of world-class content that will celebrate and reflect the unique role the BBC continues to play in the lives of audiences across the UK. “