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Countryfile Christmas special leads Sunday ratings

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BBC One's Countryfile Christmas special topped the Sunday (December 22) ratings outside of soaps, according to overnight figures.

An average of 6.19 million viewers watched as the show's team celebrated a woodland Christmas in Gloucestershire, taking over a quarter (25.9%) of the TV share at 7pm.

Countryfile presenters Matt Baker, Julia Bradbury, and John Craven

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Countryfile

Fiona Bruce hosts Antiques Roadshow

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Antiques Roadshow


The Antiques Roadshow also helped BBC One pull in a sizeable share, as 5.29 million (21.5%) stayed with the channel from 8pm to 9pm.

ITV also fared well with its latest showing of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, attracting some 4.49 million viewers and 17.2% of the audience share, while an extra 652k caught the film an hour later on +1 (3%).

Elsewhere on Channel 4, the Homeland finale was watched by an average of 1.62 million viewers, down on last year's 2.1 million for season two and 2.8 million who tuned into the first season's ending in May 2012. 228k saw the conclusion an hour later on Channel 4+1 (1.3%).

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter

The Snowman (1982)

The Snowman


The channel's most-watched programmes for the day include this year's repeat of The Snowman, which took in 1.76 million (7.2%) as well as 223k (0.9%) on +1.

Night at the Museum 2 followed the short film, giving Channel 4 1.74 million viewers (7.2%) and 227k (0.9%) an hour later.

The Muppets and Lady Gaga at Christmas was Channel 5's most watched programme of the day. The festive special pulled in over 834k (4.3%) followed by an extra 94.8k (0.4%) on +1.

Brett Ratner's The Family Man - starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni - picked up 730.5k (3.1%) between 6.45pm and 8.45pm (157.3k +1).

On the multichannels, Sky Sports 1 led the pack with two matches. The first at 12.30pm between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur took in 1.61 million (8.5%), while the match between Swansea City and Everton was watched by 2.05 million (7%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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