Strong review scores, a big marketing campaign and a recent price cut that saw prices for the game dropping to below £15 have all helped to secure Bethesda the number one spot on the UK software chart for Christmas.
This is a break in traditions for the charts, which has seen EA or Activision secure the top position since 2003.
Skyrim was secure in the top spot, but the two and three positions were a closer race with family title Just Dance 3 just edging out Modern Warfare 3 to secure Ubisoft i's best Christmas chart position since 2007.
Price cuts have helped boost sales of Saints Row: The Third, and similar offers and new DLC have also helped Battlefield 3 retain its position at number 6.
The only new entry in the top 20 was the Moshi Monsters spin off Moshling Zoo, published on Nintendo DS by Activision.
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|1||1||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|3||2||Just Dance 3|
|2||3||Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3|
|8||5||Saints Row: The Third|
|5||7||Assassin's Creed: Revelations|
|11||8||Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games|
|13||9||Need For Speed: The Run|
|7||10||Professor Layton And The Spectre's Call|
|15||11||Batman: Arkham City|
|10||12||Mario Kart 7|
|14||13||Forza Motorsport 4|
|9||14||Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception|
|12||15||Super Mario 3D Land|
|New entry||16||Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo|
|16||18||LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 - 7|
|20||20||ABBA: You Can Dance|