ITV"s ratings woe as the news is its top show following miserable Christmas

ITV's ratings woes continue: Now channel's top rated show is the NEWS in wake of abysmal Christmas figuresBroadcaster only managed three out of top ten shows on Christmas DayDownton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figuresITV managed just 8% of audience in prime time on Saturday night

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08:03 GMT, 31 December 2012

ITV’s miserable Christmas in the ratings has continued after a news bulletin was its most watched show on Saturday night – and a repeat of Dad’s Army on BBC2 beat one of its new shows.

The broadcaster has been hit by a string of poorly performing shows over the festive period and managed only three out of the top ten shows on Christmas Day.

Among these, Downton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figures and was beaten by EastEnders, Coronation Street, Strictly Come Dancing, The Royle Family and Doctor Who.

Poor performance: ITV has been hit by a string of bad ratings figures. And, Downton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figures this Christmas

Poor performance: ITV has been hit by a string of bad ratings figures. And, Downton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figures this Christmas

The broadcaster managed just 8 per cent share of the audience in prime time on Saturday night with a number of shows struggling, or failing, to break the 2million audience mark.

This included a new game-show fronted by Dale Winton called Dale’s Great Getaway, which got less than 1.5million. This was followed by a repeat of the Hugh Grant film Love Actually, which got 1.6million before the nightly news and 1.8million after it.

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An episode of Dad's Army (pictured) on BBC2 beat an ITV show about the 30th anniversary of the broadcaster's children's service

An episode of Dad’s Army on BBC2 at 6.45pm on Saturday, which got 2.4million viewers, beat a show on ITV about the 30th anniversary of CITV – the broadcaster’s children’s service.

The figures confirm the BBC’s dominance over the festive period. On Christmas Eve, apart from soaps Coronation Street, Emmerdale and its evening news bulletin, BBC1 beat ITV shows throughout the night.

ITV was also beaten on Christmas Day throughout the peak viewing hours. Only Coronation Street beat its head-to-head rival, which was Call The Midwife.