Queen's Christmas message tops TV ratings

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 December 2020
Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

'The Queen's Christmas message' was the most-watching programme on Christmas Day

'The Queen's Christmas message' topped the TV ratings on Christmas Day.

The monarch's annual message – which focused on hope amid the coronavirus pandemic – attracted an audience of 8.14 million people across BBC One, ITV and Sky News, according to new figures.

'Call The Midwife' had the second-highest number of viewers, with 5.43 million, while 'Blankety Blank' drew an audience of 5.26 million.

Elsewhere, 'Strictly Come Dancing' had 4.86 million viewers, and Michael McIntyre had 4.66 million.

'Mrs Brown's Boys' came in seventh position on the list – one spot behind 'Coronation Street' – with an audience of 3.81 million.

'The Queen's Christmas message' saw the monarch remind Brits that they are "not alone" during the pandemic.

The 94-year-old royal claimed that the ongoing crisis has "brought us closer".

She said: "In the United Kingdom and around the world, people have risen magnificently to the challenges of the year, and I am so proud and moved by this quiet, indomitable spirit."

The Queen – who has been living at Windsor Castle during the pandemic – also expressed sympathy for people who have been unable to see their friends and family during 2020.

She explained: "Of course for many, this time of year will be tinged with sadness – some mourning the loss of those dear to them and others missing friends and family members distanced for safety, when all they really want for Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand.

"If you are among them, you are not alone, and let me assure you of my thoughts and prayers."

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