‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Special Wins UK Ratings Battle With Last-Ever Episode

The final part of Downton Abbey‘s six-season run good outperformed a foe final night on what was an altogether delayed Christmas dusk for UK TV viewing. Downton‘s farewell scored 6.9M viewers for a 28.6 share on ITV in a overnights; a figure that will see a large strike in L+7s. British radio is generally packaged with specials and favorite array on Christmas Day, though this was a lowest-rated Dec 25 given 2009.

BBC One’s many watched Christmas Day module was Strictly Come Dancing during 6.5M viewers commencement during 6:15PM. Doctor Who‘s special part aired early during 5:15PM, scoring 5.8M. Below that was long-running BBC soap EastEnders that went head-to-head with a Crawley family during 8:45PM, picking adult 5.7M viewers. (On a whole day, a Queen’s Christmas summary was indeed a most-watched with 6.1M on BBC One and 1.3M on ITV in a mid-afternoon.)

Downton resolved a final deteriorate with an normal 10.4M combined viewers over a initial 8 episodes. The Christmas part this year was up neatly from final year‘s 5.84M viewers after a unchanging season’s finale went out on a two-year high with 8.8M and a 39 share.

Exec writer Gareth Neame recently told me of this final revisit to a Grantham Estate, “I consider people have found it really gratifying how stories have been tied up. We achieved all expectations. A lot of people feel it’s a best deteriorate ever. That’s rewarding.” Season 6 starts airing Stateside on Jan 3.