Beloved plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit were watched by a peak audience of 14.4 million on Christmas Day.

The BBC One adventure benefitted from being sandwiched between two episodes of EastEnders, with the latter half-hour of the soap being watched by 12.6 million viewers.

According to BBC Online, the BBC recorded nine of the top 10 most popular shows on Christmas Day.

By contrast, ITV1’s top show was Coronation Street with a peak audience of 7.6 million.

CHRISTMAS DAY PEAK RATINGS

1. Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death 14.4m (Average: 14.3m)


2. EastEnders part two 12.6m (11.5m)


3. Doctor Who 12m (11.7m)


4. The Royle Family 11m (10m)


5. EastEnders part one 10.2m (9.9m)


6. BBC News 9.5m (9.5m)


7. Strictly Come Dancing Special 9.3m (8.6m)


8. Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit 8.6m (7.2m)


9. Blackadder Rides Again 7.9m (5.6m)


10. The Queen’s Christmas Message (BBC1 and ITV1 combined) 7.8m (8.2m)


11. Coronation Street 7.6m (7.4m)

BBC One controller Jay Hunt hailed the channel’s ‘phenomenal’ performance. “I am delighted so many millions of viewers enjoyed BBC One’s fantastic line up of family comedy, entertainment and drama,” she said.

“More than half of all people watching television tuned in to watch Wallace and Gromit’s latest adventure.”

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