'Downton Abbey,' 'X Factor' U.K. Each Draw 9.6 Million Average Viewers for U.K.'s ITV

Downton Abbey Season 3 Cast Key Art - H 2012

Downton Abbey Season 3 Cast Key Art - H 2012

ITV1 reached its second-highest peak audience for the music competition this season with 11.4 million with its first live results episode.


Downton Abbey and X Factor each drew 9.6 million average viewers for U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV1 Sunday night.

The data included people viewing with an hour delay on catch-up network ITV1+1.

The season's first X Factor live results show drew a peak audience of 11.4 million viewers Sunday night, up week-over-week. That marked the second-highest peak audience of the season so far for the music competition created by Simon Cowell.

The costume drama, meanwhile, reached a peak audience of 10.2 million viewers.

Last Sunday, Downton Abbey had averaged 10 million viewers in the U.K. That marked the show's third-highest ever ratings in the U.K.

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