The Queen's annual Christmas message was the most watched show across all channels on Saturday 25th December 2021.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says: "Viewers chose the BBC on Christmas Day and entertained them in their millions with Strictly taking the top spot...

"Nothing brings the country together at Christmas quite like the BBC, there was something for everyone with the seven most popular programmes across the day that caps off a brilliant year on the BBC celebrating British creativity where we have delivered hits and award winning work and seen huge audiences come to our shows...

"It’s these moments, in a time of intense competition, that prove that after 99 years the BBC matters more than ever. We have an ambitious and exciting year ahead in 2022 to mark our centenary year with an unmissable range of world class content that will celebrate and reflect the unique role the BBC continues to play in the lives of audiences across the UK."

Top 10 highest rating programmes:

  1. The Queen (All Channels) - 9m

  2. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) - 5.8m

  3. Call The Midwife (BBC One) - 4.75m

  4. The Wheel (BBC One) - 4.65m

  5. Blankety Blank (BBC One) - 4.25m

  6. Mary Poppins 2 (BBC One) - 3.7m

  7. Superworm (BBC One) - 3.35m

  8. Coronation Street (ITV) - 3.25m

  9. Emmerdale (ITV) - 3.0m

  10. EastEnders (BBC One) - 2.92m

Figures provided by the BBC Press Office.