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Call The Midwife was the most-watched programme on Christmas Day, with a viewing audience of 8.7million.
Second place went to Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show with 7.6million, while the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special came third with one million fewer viewers.
TV - Ratings - December - Records - Figures
Yet it comes as 2018 saw the lowest TV ratings for December 25 since records began in 1981, new figures show.
TV audiences for the most-watched show on Christmas Day have dropped by a whopping 31 per cent this decade, and have declined by more than half (52 per cent) from 1988.
Full - Ratings - Barb - Figures - Trend
Full ratings, published by Barb, show that viewing figures remained broadly steady through the 1980s and much of the 1990s, before starting a downward trend around the turn of the century.
Soap operas have seen a particularly steep decline, with Coronation Street picking up just 6.7million viewers, compared to the 10.8million they pocketed in 2011.
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