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7.8 million viewers watch The Return of Doctor Mysterio

What topped the Christmas TV ratings? And how has Class fared on BBC One…?

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A super performance!

After 366 days, Doctor Who finally returned to TV on 25 December 2016 with a brand new episode: The Return of Doctor Mysterio. Sandwiched between The Great Christmas Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing, the Doctor was making his 12th consecutive appearance in the BBC’s Christmas Day line-up.

So, how many watched it? Well, the good news is that The Return of Doctor Mysterio had an official BARB rating of 7.83 million viewers, which was enough to make it the eighth-most-watched show of the week. The Christmas week chart (see right) was topped by Call the Midwife, which had a consolidated rating of 9.21 million. This actually makes it the lowest figure to top the Christmas charts since BARB began compiling the figures in 1981 fewer even than the 9.69 million who saw the chart-topping Mrs Brown’s Boys at Christmas 2014. More positively, however, Doctor Who itself showed an increase in its audience from the previous year, when The Husbands of River Song was seen by 7.69 million. Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and Coronation Street also delivered modest increases on their Christmas 2015 numbers, which is good news after several of these shows fell to their lowest-ever festive figures a year ago.

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