However, the first part of the two-part special, the second part was screened last night, failed to score the highest Christmas Day tv ratings.
It was the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley which scored the highest ratings of any TV programme, according to estimates yesterday. The BBC One show was seen by 11.4 million viewers, beating EastEnders despite a dramatic storyline with the death of one of its longest-serving characters, Pauline Fowler. An estimated 10.7 million tuned in for the second episode of an EastEnders double bill on Monday, while Coronation Street was third, followed by the first half of EastEnders, according to estimates from the Broadcasting Audience Research Board.
ITV1*s main drama - Doc Martin attracted only 5.3 million viewers and failed to make the top 10. The Vicar of Dibley, screened on Monday evening, saw romance in the air for Dawn French's character, Geraldine Granger, as the vicar, when she accepted a marriage proposal from a handsome newcomer to the village. EastEnders concluded with the departure of actress Wendy Richard, who had played Pauline Fowler since the soap began in 1985. The initial figures do not include viewers who recorded the programmes. Here are the Christmas Day viewing figures:
1. The Vicar of Dibley (11.4 million)
2. EastEnders part two (10.7 million)
3. Coronation Street (9.6 million)
4. EastEnders part one (9.2 million)
5. Doctor Who (8.7 million)
6. Little Britain Abroad (8.4 million)
7. The Queen's Christmas Message (7.6 million)
8. Strictly Come Dancing Special (7.3 million)
9. Emmerdale (7.2 million)
10 . Strictly Come Dancing Preview (6.8 million)
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