In a resounding victory for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the broadcaster emerged triumphant on Christmas Day 2023, with its Strictly Come Dancing special stealing the limelight as the most-watched show, garnering an impressive 5.3 million viewers (excluding The King’s Christmas broadcast).

The BBC showcased its dominance by securing nine out of the top ten most-watched programs, underscoring its popularity and audience appeal. Viewers flocked to the BBC throughout the day, indulging in a captivating array of new episodes from their beloved shows. The viewer figures are expected to climb further as audiences catch up on missed content via the BBC iPlayer.

BBC One, the flagship channel, stood head and shoulders above the competition, capturing over 27% of broadcast viewing. This marked a significant achievement, surpassing its closest competitor by double the audience share. The channel witnessed its highest share since the memorable 2019 Christmas special of “Gavin & Stacey” and outshone any other year since 2010. Astonishingly, BBC One even outperformed the entire subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market combined on Christmas Day, reaffirming its stronghold on traditional television.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says : “Bringing people together at Christmas matters to audiences and securing nine of the top ten shows demonstrates how much they value the BBC’s Christmas Day line-up. We entertained viewers in their millions on Christmas Day with a range of quality programmes you really can’t find anywhere else to wrap up an outstanding year of creative content on the BBC.”

TOP 10 

1The King’s Christmas BroadcastBBC One5.9
2Strictly Come Dancing Christmas SpecialBBC One5.3
3Doctor WhoBBC One4.7
4Ghosts Christmas SpecialBBC One4.4
5   Call the MidwifeBBC One4.4
6Michael McIntyre’s Christmas WheelBBC One4.2
7EastEndersBBC One3.6
8Toy Story 4BBC One3.5
9The 1% ClubITV3.4
10Tabby McTatBBC One3.3

It was also BBC One’s strongest Christmas Eve broadcast share in a decade (since 2013).