More Brits Watch 'Doctor Who' and 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Specials Than Queen's Speech

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December 26th, 2011

Had Sunday Night Football not lined up with Christmas it would have been a silent ratings night in the USA, but as ever, the Brits love their Christmas television.

In preliminary numbers, the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special ("The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe") averaged 8.9 million viewers in preliminary numbers for the UK with peak viewing of 9 million. The 'Downton Abbey' special averaged 8.6 million with a peak of 9.1 million.  The Queen's Speech which was simulcast on two networks averaged 8.2 million viewers.  They all lost out to 'EastEnders' and 'Coronation Street' which averaged 9.9 million and 9.3 million respectively.

Will the first comment be about why few watch TV on Christmas in the USA or about how even millions more British viewers watched via time shifting?

 
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