Downton Abbey is 2012's most watched TV drama
Story by Jack Foley
DOWNTON Abbey has officially become the most watched drama on British TV this year (2012).
The Julian Fellowes’-scripted Emmy-winning series has beaten BBC drama Call The Midwife following the success of its season three performance.
New figures show that the period drama has enjoyed a consolidated audience of 11.428 million compared with Call The Midwife‘s 11.408.
Last night’s second episode collected an audience of 8.1 million, according to overnight ratings – down slightly from the 9 million who saw the first episode and one million down from the equivalent episode last autumn.
However, these figures are expected to improve when recorded viewing is added – last week’s 9 million opener added 2.428 million viewers with seven days of recorded viewing.
A further challenge to Downton‘s Sunday night dominance is expected when Channel 4 begins to air the second season of acclaimed US thriller Homeland on Sunday nights from 9pm from October 7.
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