The United Kingdom has a bizarre fixation with television ratings, especially when it comes to Christmas. Every year, on December 25th, a variety of shows battle it out to see which gets the highest number of viewers. Those few families who have yet to migrate entirely over to Netflix, gather around the old goggle box every Yule Tide to see what the BBC and other local broadcasters have to offer.
Traditionally, shows such as the Queen’s Christmas Speech, Doctor Who and Mrs Brown’s Boys are usually strong contenders for the top spot, but they are often knocked from the top spot by new reality shows like Strictly Come Dancing or the latest Hollywood release.
Last year, the Queen’s Speech topped the ratings with 7.6 million viewers, but it seems the royal announcement has waned in popularity this year. The speech has been given only 1/50 odds from bet365, 1/100 odds from WilliamHill and 1/200 odds from Skybet.
Mrs Brown’s Boys, the ever-popular show featuring Brendan O’Carroll as Irish matriarch Agnes Brown and her hilarious day-to-day shenanigans, has been given the best chance of winning this year with 6/4 odds from bet365 and Skybet and a slightly lower 13/8 from WilliamHill.
English comedian Michael McIntyre and his “Big Christmas Show” comes in second place with 4/1 odds from bet365 and 7/2 odds from Skybet and WilliamHill.
Other odds from both Betfair and PaddyPower include 1/16 for The Great British Bake Off and 1/33 odds for Torvill and Dean.
After ten years working for trading and brokerage firms in the city of London, Mark is now a freelance journalist and writer for various finance and technology publications. In between reading up on the latest developments in fintech, he spends his time traveling the world by bicycle.