Aston Merrygold wins Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special

Aston Merrygold has won Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special

Aston Merrygold has won Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special

The combined figures for BBC One and ITV, however, were down 1.2 million on previous year.

Strictly Come Dancing aired on BBC One.

JLS star Aston Merrygold was infamously voted out way too early on the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing, but last night's (December 25) Christmas Special saw him finally be crowned the victor.

The festive special brought in over 6.1 million viewers.

The Queen used her Christmas message to say the message of "peace on Earth and goodwill to all" is needed "as much as ever".

The JLS star's impressive Jive with Janette Manrara led to him bagging 40 points from the judges.

His win came over a year after fans were furious over his early exit from the competition in 2017.

Partnered with Janette Manrara, Aston impressed with his jove to What Christmas Means to Me by CeeLo Green.

Meanwhile, Call The Midwife attracted 5.2 million viewers as did The Jungle Book.

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EastEnders, however, only saw five million tune in to watch Alfie Moon (played by Shane Richie) pushed down the stairs.

The Queen's broadcast was once again the most popular programme yesterday, but the 6.3 million viewers it attracted on BBC One and ITV was the lowest figure on record, with 1.2 million fewer viewers than previous year.

The BBC News followed close behind with 4.7 million viewers.

The only ITV show to appear in the top 10 with Coronation Street watched by 4.6 million.

Its Torvill and Dean biopic had glowing reviews but did not make the top 10 - with 2.9 million viewers.

Call the Midwife kicked off its eighth season with an emotional Christmas special that drew 5.5 million viewers, while Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas episode had 4.7 million.

Mrs Brown's Boys, the biggest hit of 2017, fell to just 8th place, it 4.7million viewers down 2.1million - or 30 per cent - on a year ago.

So, the BBC and Strictly gave us one extra present this Christmas Day. justice for Aston and Janette!

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