Unlike the United States, where non-sports television takes Christmas off, the UK features high profile original programs on December 25. This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, featuring Matt Smith’s final appearance as the doctor, was the second highest rated program in England on Christmas Day. The special, which aired on BBC, garnered 8.29 million UK viewers, up from 7.59 million for last year’s Christmas special. We will post the ratings for the BBC America United States telecast of the program as soon as they are available.
The Downton Abbey Christmas special garnered 7.01 million viewers on ITV. It won’t be telecast in the United States for months; the fourth season premieres January 5 on PBS.
The highest rated Christmas program in England was an episode of the comedy Mrs. Brown’s Boys which scored 9.4 million viewers.