Sunday Ratings: X Factor and Downton Abbey ratings soar

Sunday evening saw ratings for The X Factor and Downton Abbey roar in a strong night for ITV1 with both shows adding viewers on last week. 

The X Factor continued to dominate ratings on Sunday evening according to overnight figures. The Sunday edition of the show which was the final part of the ‘judges house’ section saw ratings climb to 13.3 million viewers peaking at over 14 million viewers. The edition of The X Factor saw the judges make their final decisions about which acts to put through to the live shows and which to send home. The decisions by the judges haven’t been welcomed by all fans with Cheryl Cole’s decision NOT to put through singer Gamu Nhengu being particularly criticised by fans on Facebook, Twitter and ATV Today

Following The X Factor at 9pm on ITV1 was the second episode of Downton Abbey; the brand new Edwardian drama from Oscar Winner Julian Fellowes. Downton Abbey opened last week with 7.7 million viewers and in an impressive feat managed to increase its ratings this week. Generally speaking ratings for second episodes of shows tend to see a drop rather than a rise but Downton Abbey bucked that trend last night. The lavish drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton and Maggie Smith pulled in 8.8 million viewers – up 1.1 million viewers on last week.

On BBC1 rural magazine programme Countryfile still managed a strong 6.3 million viewers at 6.30pm while Antiques Roadshow had 6.1 million viewers. The second and final part of Inspector George Gently, which stars Martin Shaw, meanwhile had 5 million viewers.