The Queen’s speech was the most-watched television broadcast of Christmas Day, beating Call The Midwife into second place by almost three million viewers.
Viewing figures have been revealed for Christmas Day’s television shows, and 8.2million viewers tuned in to watch the Queen deliver her address to the nation at 3pm on Christmas Day.
Following the events of the past year, as the world was brought to a standstill for much of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, viewers were keen to watch the Queen’s message of hope to the UK.
Following in second place was Call The Midwife, which brought in 5.4million viewers and Blankety Blank which followed in third place with 5.3million.
Strictly Come Dancing fans were also tuning in to watch the Christmas special, which featured a look back at some of the most iconic dances, including one from Caroline Flack, and 4.9million viewers made it the fourth most-watched show of Christmas Day.
Finishing the top five, Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel came in fifth with 4.6million viewers, proving the new gameshow which only began in November is already a huge hit.
In 2019, the Queen’s speech came second to Gavin and Stacey which had 11.7million viewers compared to 7.7million for her address.
The monarch’s annual speech from Windsor Castle in Berkshire, sent a message of hope to the country, as well as her thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Queen said: ‘Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought us closer.
‘Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have been inspired by stories of people volunteering in their communities, helping those in need.
‘We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that – even on the darkest nights – there is hope in the new dawn.’
She also thanked ‘young people in particular’ as well as the NHS who have been battling the pandemic on the front lines, and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir also performed the carol Joy To The World from Windsor Castle to close the annual address.
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