EastEnders wins Boxing Day TV bout

EastEnders actress Lacey Turner

Lacey Turner, who played 'EastEnders' Stacey Branning

'EastEnders' helped the BBC to win the TV ratings battle on Boxing Day (26.12.10).

The BBC won the Boxing Day (26.12.10) ratings war.

The corporation's soap 'EastEnders' reached a record peak audience of 9.5 million viewers on the second day of the festive holiday as viewers tuned in to see the drama unfold in the wake of Stacey Branning's decision to flee Albert Square on Christmas Day (25.12.10).

The channel's revival of period drama 'Upstairs Downstairs', starring Keeley

Hawes and Ed Stoppard also increased ratings, with it's debut on Sunday peaking at 8.1 million.

The programme, which was a hit on ITV in the 70s, had an average rating of more than 7.5 million and an audience share of 28.4 per cent – almost matching ITV's 7.6 million for period drama 'Downton Abbey' earlier this year.

ITV1 struggled to compete with comedy 'Benidorm', which shared the 'Upstairs

Downstairs' air time, coming in at only 6.5 million viewers at its highest, while Harry Hill's 'Best Of Christmas TV Burp' had a peak audience of just 2.9 million.

In the early evening slot, ITV1 showed the film 'The Mummy: Tomb Of The

Dragon Emperor' but lost out to BBC1's 'Countryfile', which received a peak audience of 5.8 million, and 'Antiques Roadshow', with 7.8 million viewers.


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