The prestigious Christmas Day television ratings in the UK were topped by the Queen’s annual 10-minute broadcast, simulcast on BBC One and ITV, according to the first release of viewing figures. Overnight ratings showed an average of 7.82 million viewers for the Queen’s address to the nation.

BBC One sitcom “Mrs. Brown’s Boys” had the single biggest audience for the second year running, averaging 7.61 million. This was all the more impressive as the show did not air until after 10pm. But in this age of Sky+ and other digital recording, overall figures for live TV viewing fell significantly from last year. “Mrs. Brown’s Boys” topped the ratings in 2013 with 9.4 million viewers. “EastEnders” also saw a major dip in audience.

BBC One had seven of the top 10 most watched programmes, while ITV had four. The two channels shared the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast at 3pm.

The top 10 is only the provisional listing and is likely to change once viewers who recorded programmes are taken into account.

Here is the top 10 list from initial figures:

1 – The Queen (BBC One and ITV) – 7.82 million viewers

2 – Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special (BBC One) – 7.61 million

3 – EastEnders (BBC One) – 7.55 million

4 – Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (BBC One) – 6.98 million

5- Call The Midwife (BBC One) – 6.83 million

6 – Miranda (BBC One) – 6.67 million

7 – Coronation Street (ITV) – 6.41 million

8 – Doctor Who (BBC One) – 6.34 million

9 – Emmerdale (ITV) – 5.53 million

10 – Downton Abbey (ITV) – 5.52 million

Source: Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB)