Downton Abbey Scores High Christmas Ratings Despite Reports of Low Viewing Figures

ITV drama thought to have shed audience numbers...

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Downton Abbey was the second most watched programme on Christmas Day despite viewing figures previously suggesting it had lost viewers.

The ITV period drama drew in 10.28 million viewers placing it behind BBC soap EastEnders which pulled in an audience of 11.31 million people.

Ratings figures issueds last week suggested Coronation Street was the second most popular programme of the day after EastEnders but new numbers, which include catch-up viewers, show that it was more popular than originally thought.

It was originally thought Downton came in sixth place on the festive ratings chart with 7.3 million viewers but it did in fact beat its closest rival, BBC show Call the Midwife, which saw 10.18 million people tune in.

However, the popular show failed to beat soap opera EastEnders after its dramatic storyline involving the death of Albert Square bad boy Derek Branning gripped viewers.

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