9.5million watch Miranda

Sitcom is THE Christmas hit

Miranda attracted 9.5million viewers yesterday – more than the Christmas Day episode of EastEnders.

An impressive 37.8 per cent of all viewers at 9pm were tuned to the BBC One sitcom, making it the biggest ratings hit of the festive season.

And the episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys that immediately followed was also a hit – with nine million viewers (36.9 per cent).

That’s slightly more than the 8.8 million who saw the Christmas Eve antics of Brendan O’Carroll’s Irish mammy.

It has been a good Christmas for comedy, according to the official overnight Barb figures compiled by Attentional.

Outnumbered's Christmas Eve special averaged 7.84million, but peaking at an impressive 9.1million. And on Christmas Day, the Royle Family scored a very strong 7.68million.

Published: 27 Dec 2012

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The UK's longest-running improv team are putting a show online for the very first time since they started in 1985. They will be live-stream an hour of Sunday night footage from their archives from 7.30pm.

The line-up will feature Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson and Andy Smart.

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