The first episode of the new series of Open All Hours was watched by 5.69 million viewers - making it the second biggest hit of the Boxing Day TV schedules.
The show, entitled Still Open All Hours, drew in 26.7 per cent of the viewing audience at 6.30pm and was BBC’s second most popular show, behind EastEnders which drew in 7.4 million viewers.
However, the figure is massively down on last year’s Christmas special which sparked the new series.
That drew in 12.2 million viewers and was the most watched programme on TV last Christmas as well as one of the most popular of the whole year.
The show, exterior sequences for which were filmed in Doncaster in September, the setting for the original series which ran between 1973 and 1985, has been revived into a six part series with a second episode due to air tonight.