The 1994 remake, starring Richard Attenborough as Santa Claus, pulled in an average of 3.89m (15.4%) between 6.20pm and 8.30pm on Sunday, with a peak of 4.73m (19.3%) at 7.20pm.
It wiped the floor with ITV's Britannia High, which hit a new low of 1.95m (8.2%) at 6.30pm. A Sunday night edition of Coronation Street followed at 7.30pm with a below-par 5.79m (22%).
Another popular Sunday movie was Macaulay Culkin comedy Home Alone, which averaged 2.84m (13.2%) for Five from 5.10pm. The Pink Panther followed with 1.54m (5.7%) from 7.05pm, then Sean Connery thriller Just Cause had 1.12m (5.1%) at 9pm.
After 34th Street, Channel 4 struggled through the rest of primetime. A repeat of Bring Back... Dallas put in 0.73m (2.7%) between 8.30pm and 10pm, then actioner Bulletproof Monk delivered 1.03m (7.4%).
Also on ITV1 last night was Take That Come To Town, a one-off special featuring performances from the band. It averaged a healthy 4.24m (14.8%), up significantly on the 2.67m (9.4%) managed by Here Come The Boys in the same 8pm slot last week.
The final edition of I'm A Celebrity - update show Coming Out - averaged a decent 5.81m (23.8%) between 9pm and 10.30pm.
On BBC One, a Little Dorrit omnibus brought in 4.36m (18.9%), then Antiques Roadshow put in 7.16m (27.3%). The Strictly Come Dancing results show - in which Austin Healey was voted off - delivered 9.43m (32.5%), the day's best numbers on any channel, at 8.15pm.
BBC Two's Top Gear brought in 6.68m (23.2%) in the 8pm hour, then the concluding half of Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg averaged 3.23m (12.9%).
BBC One led primetime overall with an average share of 26.1% (last week: 28.1%) to ITV1's 18.1% (17.6%). BBC Two was third with 14.1% (15.3%), followed by Channel 4 on 8.5% (6.4%) and Five on 5.5% (5.9%).
Sky Sports 1 coverage of Everton vs Villa pulled in the top multichannel audience of the day, with an average of 902k (5.8%) between 3.30pm and 6.30pm.
A new episode of The Simpsons on Sky1 was second, with 772k (3.7%) from 6.30pm. More4's Come Dine With Me marathon put in the usual high standard, peaking with 624k (3%) at 6.25pm.
ITV2's screening of the first Police Academy movie had a strong 540k (2.7%) from 9pm (+1: 103k, 0.8%). Earlier, 438k (2.3%) had watched a repeat of Saturday night's the X Factor.
E4 peaked with 417k (2.4%) for a new episode of Desperate Housewives in the 10pm hour (+1: 188k, 2.2%), while BBC Three's top audience was 422k (2.5%) for Family Guy at 10.25pm.
Ratings data supplied by Attentional