Monday, 26 December 2016

The Queen tops the Christmas TV ratings

The Queen's Christmas Speech for 2016
(British Monarchy You Tube still)

The Queen might have been stuck indoors getting over her cold but she got a boost when her traditional Christmas Day speech topped the TV ratings.

The annual broadcast reached 7.7 million people according to the overnight figures - it's a combination of the audiences on BBC1 and ITV which put the speech out simultaneously at 3pm.

The Duchess of Cornwall no doubt contibuted to the second best watched programme's audience - Camilla is a big Strictly Come Dancing fan and the BBC One special too spot number two with 7.2 million.

The Queen usually tops the Christmas Day viewing figures - last year 7.5 million tuned in and in 2014 the figure was 7.82 million. The Christmas Day speech began in 1932 when King George V broadcast to the nation by radio. The first televised speech was in 1957.

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