"If you switch to ITV tonight, the galaxy may implode..."

The Christmas Day overnight ratings have been released. Here's the top ten ...

1 EastEnders 10.1 million (BBC1)
2 Dr Who 9.4 million (BBC1)
3 Coronation Street 9.4 million (ITV1)
4 Two Ronnies Christmas Sketchbook 7.9 million (BBC1)
5 Shrek 6.7 million (BBC1)
6 Emmerdale 6.6 million (ITV1)
7 Toy Story 6.5 million (BBC1)
8 Celebrity Millionaire? 6.3 million (ITV1)
9 The Queen 6.2 million (BBC1)
10 BBC News 6.50pm 6.2 million (BBC1)

In the only war we care about, BBC1 beat ITV by some 3 million viewers. They were generally beaten for much of the day. I actually can't think of a reason why Coronation Street wasn't scheduled up against Doctor Who other than some understanding that it would be detrimental to viewing figures overall. That said -- doesn't this demonstrate once and for all that television is no longer the force it once was over the festive period? It will be interesting to see what the numbers are for multichannel homes and how many of them stayed with the terrestrial stations.

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