December 26, 2007 / 2:44 PM / 11 years ago

EastEnders pips Dr Who on Christmas

LONDON (Reuters) - BBC soap “EastEnders” attracted the biggest TV audience on Christmas Day, holding off competition from a special edition of “Doctor Who” featuring singer Kylie Minogue, estimates on Wednesday showed.

"Doctor Who" actor David Tennant and Kylie Minogue in an undated publicity photo. Minogue, who played the part of a waitress in a special called Voyage of the Damned, helped boost Doctor Who's audience figures to 13.8 million viewers. REUTERS/BBC/Handout

The second half of the EastEnders double bill in which the affair between Stacey Branning and her father-in-law Max was discovered drew in 13.9 million viewers at its peak, the BBC said.

Minogue, who played the part of a waitress in a special called Voyage of the Damned, helped boost Doctor Who’s figures to 13.8 million viewers.

On average, 12.2 million viewers watched the BBC episode making it the highest ratings for Doctor Who since its return in 2005, and its best viewing figures since 1979, its official Web site said.

The return of the comedy “To The Manor Born” for a one-off programme on BBC had 10.1 million viewers at its peak.

Coronation Street was ITV’s top programme with a peak of 9.6 million.

The BBC cited overnight figures from the Broadcasting Audience Research Board. They do not include viewers who recorded the programmes.

Last year, the most viewed Christmas Day television programme was the BBC comedy “The Vicar of Dibley” with 11.4 million.

The top 10 viewed programmes in 2007 were:

1. EastEnders part two (13.9 million)

2. Doctor Who (13.8 million)

3. EastEnders part one (11.8 million)

4. To The Manor Born (10.1 million)

5. Shrek 2 (10.1 million)

6. BBC News at 1800 (10.1 million)

7. Strictly Come Dancing Special (9.9 million)

8. Coronation Street (9.6 million)

9. Finding Nemo (8.3 million)

10. The Queen’s Christmas Message (7.5 million)

Reporting by Avril Ormsby; Editing by Myra MacDonald

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