Hamlet Viewing Ratings

David Tennant's reworked stage outing as Hamlet attracted 900,000 viewers to BBC2, as the BBC took the honours on Boxing Day with the fallout of Archie Mitchell's death on EastEnders the biggest rating show of the day.

Tennant, who had a day earlier starred as Doctor Who on BBC1, received rave reviews for his performance of Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The three-hour TV adaptation, managed an audience share of 4.5% across the 5.05pm to 8.10pm slot. BBC2 followed up with the final of Victorian Farm Christmas, between 8.10pm and 9.10pm, which attracted 1.1m viewers and a 5.1% audience share.
The development of the EastEnders whodunit saga, which started on Christmas Day when Archie Mitchell was killed in the biggest-rating show of the day, delivered an audience of 8.1m for BBC1. This represented a 37.9% share of the audience between 7pm and 7.30pm.
The BBC beat ITV into second place with Ant & Dec's Christmas Show the second highest-rating show of the day with 6.8m viewers and a 30.8% share between 7.30pm and 8.45pm.
BBC1's 7.30pm challenger, Pirates of the Caribbean: at World's End, was seen by 6.1m viewers. This was a 27.3% share in the 7.30pm to 10.05pm time slot.
ITV followed up Ant & Dec with a double header of All Star shows. All Star Family Fortunes managed 5.8m viewers, a 25.8% share in the 8.45pm to 9.30pm slot. This was followed by The All Star Impressions Show, from 9.30pm to 10.30pm which attracted 3.1m viewers and a 14.2% audience share.
Earlier on ITV1 Harry Hill's TV Burp Review of the Year managed four million viewers and a 19.6% share of the audience between 6.30pm and 7pm.
Channel 4's Decoded: Dan Brown's Lost Symbol managed 1.4m viewers from 9pm to 10pm, a6.2% share. Follow up The Real Da Vinci Code, where Tony Robinson debunked assertions made in the book, attracted 1.2m viewers, a 6.3% share, between 10pm and 11.05pm.
Over on BBC4 the new Wallander managed to attract 229,000 viewers and a 1.1% share airing from 9pm to 10.30pm.

Source: The Guardian