The period drama scored 100,000 more viewers than the X Factor results show, which saw Melanie Masson leave the competition. It’s thought the surprise twist of Lady Sybil’s death helped the show reach 9.5 million viewers.
Meanwhile, rival C4 drama, Homeland, got nearly 2 million viewers, showing that the cross-over appeal for audiences isn’t as wide as previously thought – although we’re sure most people watch one and record the other for later – we do!
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