What Are the Most Watched TV Shows on Christmas Day?

Christmas is officially a week away, which means merriment, joy, and a brand-new episode of Doctor Who, the first for a whole year.

Festive telly itself brings quite a bit of cheer, with all channels pulling out the stops to give us wall-to-wall entertainment. Flick through the Radio Times and you’ll see your traditional favourites and a whole host of specials. Just last night was the finale of Strictly Come Dancing, a staple in the autumn/winter schedule, and one of the most popular series on television. That same accolade can be extended to Doctor Who, which, this year, gives us The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

But which shows have proved the most popular on Christmas Day the past five years? If only there were an infographic to keep us in the loop…


Managing Director of My Voucher Codes, Chris Reilly says:

“Every week without fail soaps come in first with TV viewing figures on BBC1 and ITV, however over Christmas, they are squeezed out of their top spots as people look for more festive viewing and TV specials. Although Christmas is normally a time of year for dramatic soap plots, sometimes people want something that’s just a little less depressing. As we know soaps pull out all the stops but the story is very rarely a happy one.”

Good to see a couple of episode of Doctor Who in there – namely, The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe (2011) and Matt Smith’s swansong as the Eleventh Doctor – I’m still sobbing – in 2013’s The Time of the Doctor.

The most-watched Christmas episode of Who is actually Voyage of the Damned (2007), with 13.31 million, but the series always gets high figures on 25th December.

So how do you think The Return of Doctor Mysterio will fare this year?