The popular entertainer had surgery for a brain tumour on Thursday.
The father-of-two was able to see his daughters, aged 7 and 12, this morning following his life-threatening operation.
“That was the highlight of his day,” said his manager Richard Thompson.
Watson, 40, was taken to the private Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Cheshire, yesterday after falling seriously ill.
Michael Stroud, executive director at the hospital, said yesterday: “Russell Watson had a comfortable night and remains in our intensive therapy unit for continuous monitoring and care. He is recovering well from his surgery.
“He is talking for brief periods and has been eating small amounts of food, but the priority is for him to rest.
It is only 36 hours since his life was in danger, so it is important for him and those around him to take things slowly.”