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BBC triumph in festive ratings battle; TELEVISION.

NINE of the ten most-watched programmes over Christmas and the New Year were broadcast by BBC One, new figures show.

The one exception was ITV's Downton Abbey, transmitted on Christmas Day.

Sherlock topped the chart with the one-off special on New Year's Day, attracting 11.64 million viewers.

Over a quarter were people who watched the show in the week after its transmission using catch-up services.

BBC One's coverage of the New Year's Eve fireworks came second with 11.48 million.

Downton Abbey was third, followed by Mrs Brown's Boys and the New Year's Day episode of EastEnders.

The figures, published by Barb, will be a boost for the BBC after the corporation lost the Christmas Day ratings battle to ITV.

THE TOP 10 1. Sherlock (New Year's Day, BBC One) 11.64 million.

2. New Year's Eve Fireworks (New Year's Eve, BBC One) 11.48 million. 3. Downton Abbey (Christmas Day, ITV) 10.92 million.

4. Mrs Brown's Boys (Christmas Day, BBC One) 9.49 million. 5. EastEnders (8pm, New Year's Day, BBC One) 9.40 million. 6. Call The Midwife (Christmas Day, BBC One) 9.30 million. 7. Stick Man (Christmas Day, BBC One) 9.28 million.

8. And Then There Were None (Boxing Day, BBC One) 8.61 million.

9. Strictly Come Dancing (Christmas Day, BBC One) 8.54 million.

10. War And Peace (January 3, BBC One) 8.41 million.

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Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

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