'Top of the Pops' sings new tune for BBC

Christmas, New Year's Eve shows bring in 7.8 mil viewers

LONDON -- 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 canceled in July 2006 after a drop-off in viewers. It originally launched on BBC1 in 1964, and there have been calls from artists for its return.

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

The Dec. 25 edition helped score a Christmas Day ratings triumph for BBC1, along with festive editions of "Doctor 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 2 p.m., 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 pubcaster has no plans to bring back a weekly edition of "Top of the Pops."
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