The Runaway Bride achieved a Christmas day rating of 8.7 millionviewers, a 37% share of the total TV audience. The programme won its time slot beating Emmerdale on ITV which achieved 7.2m. The audience grew throughout the programme with the last quarter hour being watched by 9m viewers.
The day was a triumph for BBC1 which had eight of the Top Ten places. The highest watched programme of the day was The Vicar of Dibley, with 11.4m. The two episodes of Eastenders and and the episode of Coronation Street all scored high making Doctor Who number 5 for the day.
The programme was a great success among the under 4-16s achieving an audience of 1.7m or 55% of all children watching. This made it the most watched programme of the day in the Children's chart.
Doctor Who Confidential shown on BBC1 at 1pm got a rating of 1.4m viewers, a 13.7% share and was the 31st most watched programme of the day.
Final Ratings will be issued by BARB in approximately two weeks time