2019 American Music Awards

Ratings Victory For 'TOTP' Return

The return of chart countdown show "Top Of The Pops" proved a ratings winner for the BBC over the holiday period.

The iconic U.K. show was cancelled in July 2006 after falling viewing figures. It originally launched on BBC One in 1964 and there have been calls for its return from artists.

However, the BBC did reverse a decision to drop the Christmas special - and also added an end-of-year version to its schedule.

The Dec. 25 edition helped score a Christmas Day ratings triumph for BBC One, along with festive editions of "Dr Who" and the Wallace & Gromit comedy "A Matter of Loaf and Death" as well as the traditional Queen's Speech. "Top Of The Pops," which aired at 2pm, had ratings of 3.7 million, a 30.6% audience share.

The Dec. 31 show won an audience of 4.1 million, a 20.8% audience share for the BBC.

The broadcaster currently has no plans to bring back a weekly edition of "Top Of The Pops."

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