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'EastEnders', 'Coronation Street' seen by over 8m on Christmas Eve

EastEnders and Coronation Street's key Christmas Eve episodes were each seen by audiences of over 8 million, early overnight ratings data indicates.

A 35-minute episode of EastEnders, in which Derek Branning swore to take revenge on brother Max following a row over his attempts to blackmail Tanya, was seen by 8.49m (32.9%) at 9pm.

Max is disgusted with Derek for lying to him all this time, and failing to deliver his 'payments'.


The BBC Three repeat at 10.30pm was watched by a further 563,000 (2.6%).

Over on ITV, a one-hour Coronation Street special - showing Peter Barlow trying to win back ex-wife Leanne on the eve of her second marriage to Nick Tilsley - was watched by 8.27m (31.7%) at 7.30pm.

Corrie, Leanne visits Peter, Mon 24 Dec


A further 378.5k saw the episode on ITV1+1 an hour later.

Emmerdale's Christmas Eve episodes were also two of ITV1's most-watched Christmas Eve primetime programmes, with 6.8m (28.8%) seeing Alex Moss's demise at the hands of killer Cameron Murray between 7pm and 7.30pm.

Cameron had previously confessed to Alex that he had murdered Carl King.

Emmerdale, Cameron locks Alex in the van, Fri 21 Dec 2012


A further 188.1k (0.7%) watched actor Kurtis Stacey's shock exit from the rural soap on ITV+1.

Hollyoaks' Christmas Eve episode, airing at 5.40pm, was seen by 640k (3.3%), as Barney prepared to admit his feelings to Carmel.

An audience of 321.3k (1.5%) watched the first look of Boxing Day's episode on E4 (+1: 165.4k, or 0.7%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad
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