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Downton Abbey finale attracts 11 million viewers

Brendan Coyle in Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

THE final episode of ITV1 drama Downton Abbey attracted 11.4 million viewers at its peak on Sunday, November 7, 2010.

An average of 10.1 million tuned in for the show’s 90-minute running time, confirming what critics and viewers already knew: that the Julian Fellowes’ created series has become a Sunday night phenomenon.

With a second show already commissioned, the omens are good for ITV and its stars, as demand for it and their talents becomes ever more enthusiastic.

It is now the most successful period drama since Brideshead Revisited.

The good news for viewers is that most of its stars have re-signed for the second season, including new housewives’ favourite Brendan Coyle (aka lame footman Bates), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Dame Maggie Smith, Rob James-Collier and Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley).

But the same stars are also being courted for more roles… as far afield as Hollywood.

The Daily Mirror reports that 28-year-old Dockery will soon be seeing starring alongside Eric Bana in Joe Wright’s new thriller, Hanna, about a 14-year-old assassin.

While her on-screen on/off love interest Stevens has just finished filming vampire romance Vamps alongside Sigourney Weaver and Alicia Silverstone.

Read our review of the final episode