Coronation Street takes top spot in festive ratings war

Coronation Street in MediaCity, Salford Credit: PA

Coronation Street beat its arch rival Eastenders last night in the Christmas ratings war.

It is the first time in more than a decade that the Manchester-based drama has taken the honour of top festive soap.

Danny Dyer playing Mick Carter Credit: PA

Coronation Street tied with Doctor Who on 8.3 million viewers, to claim joint second spot in the viewing league.

This year's figures will be seen as a setback for EastEnders. Last night, Danny Dyer was introduced to viewers as pub landlord Mick Carter.