Downton Abbey Christmas ratings beat Eastenders

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    Downton Abbey triumphed over Eastenders as the most watched programme this Christmas, according to new official numbers.

    It was a nation divided when it came to the Christmas Day TV schedule as two of our favourite shows went head-to-head.

    Initial overnight figures put Eastenders more than a million viewers ahead of Downton Abbey in the Christmas Day ratings war, but the latest numbers place the latter in the coveted position.

    Taking into account HD viewers and those who chose to record the shows to watch later, Downton Abbey has snatched the title after reaching an audience of 11.59 million viewers, according to

    The BBC’s long running soap Eastenders came runner up with 11.33 million, followed by Dr Who with 10.77 million, then Coronation Street with 10.56 million.

    Fifth place was taken by the return of Absolutely Fabulous, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, with 9.07 million.

    The figures don’t however take into account viewers who watch repeats or view via online catch-up services like BBC Iplayer and ITV Iplayer.


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