Crocodile Dundee tops the UK list for most-viewed at Christmas.

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  1. Swami

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    You'll never guess which show has topped the UK's biggest Christmas Day TV audience
    SOME of Britain's best-loved TV faces, including David Jason and the Two Ronnies, have been beaten by a reptile-wrestler from Australia in a new survey of the all-time most-watched Christmas television.
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    Crocodile Dundee and Only Fools And Horses have attracted the largest Christmas TV audiences ever
    Crocodile Dundee, the 1980s comedy smash hit starring Paul Hogan, is the surprise record-holder of the UK's biggest Christmas Day TV audience.

    Some 21.8 million viewers tuned in for the film's UK premiere on December 25 1989 - a figure that no single TV broadcast has managed to beat since current records began.

    Second place in the chart with 21.3 million viewers is the episode of Only Fools And Horses shown on Christmas Day 2001, which saw the Trotters lose their fortune and Del Boy attempt to win it back on a game show.

    In total there are seven episodes of Only Fools And Horses in the top 20, along with editions of comedy classics Just Good Friends, Bread and One Foot In The Grave.


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    21.3 million viewers tuned in for an episode of Only Fools And Horses on Christmas Day 2001
    Some 21.8 million viewers tuned in for Crocodile Dundee's UK premiere on December 25 1989

    Among the soaps, EastEnders appears twice, Coronation Street just once, and none of those are from the past 16 years.

    The chart reflects the traditional domination of Christmas TV by the BBC, with 17 of the top 20 having been shown on BBC One.

    While films make up a fifth of the chart, soap operas - a permanent fixture on December 25 for decades - barely appear, suggesting they are not quite as popular on Christmas Day as TV executives assume.

    The two episodes of EastEnders in the chart are from 1986, when Den Watts famously surprised his wife Angie with divorce papers hidden inside a Christmas cracker.




    Coronation Street is represented by the episode in 1987 that saw veteran resident Hilda Ogden leave Weatherfield for a new life in Derbyshire.

    Missing from the top 20 entirely are Morecambe and Wise, whose most popular star-studded Christmas specials date from before the modern system of compiling ratings began in 1981.

    The pair's 1977 Christmas show is sometimes mentioned as having been watched by as many as 28 million people, but this figure was publicised by the BBC based on its own audience surveys, and is not comparable with the current system.

    Another person absent from the chart is the Queen. Ratings for her annual Christmas message have not always been published and on other occasions have been split across different channels, meaning reliable comparisons are impossible to make.

    The biggest TV audience on Christmas Day last year was for BBC One's Call The Midwife, which was watched by 9.2 million.

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  2. Ome

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    LOL, don't need to guess, it's in the title of the thread.
     
  3. Mel O'Drama

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    Hmmm. I'm dubious of an article that mentions a "new survey" but fails to explain who carried it out or from where the figures were sourced.

    And where's the list of this Top Twenty they keep mentioning? :think:
     
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    I have seen the top twenty list, did try to attach it but first attempt failed.

    Bar a couple of entries for EastEnders and Coronation Street, the soaps are quite conspicuous by their absence.

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    it strange looking at TV viewing figures for those days and to see millions

    TV viewing has changed so much since then and now its a shock if a prog gets 10 million!!

    I wouldnt have been one watching Crocodile Dundee!

    For me it was OFAH, Morecambe and Wise and The Generation game! my perfect childhood Xmas TV viewing and i think in either 80 or 81 Dallas was on on Xmas day!
     
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    This is the best line Dundee did. :hat:

     
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    Classic movie!

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    I don't think this survey is accurate. I always remember reading that The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show was the highest rated Christmas Show of all time so I looked it up and it had a Christmas Day audience of 21.4 million in 1977 which is higher than the figure you quoted for Only Fools and Horses. Source Digital Spy

    Coronation Street episode 2581, broadcast on Christmas Day 1985 also beats Only Fools and Horses which therefore should come in fourth, assuming that the figure for Crocodile Dundee is accurate.

    The highest rated Only Fools and Horses show over the Christmas period was shown on 29th December 1996 so wasn't a Christmas Day broadcast.
     

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