Weekend ratings round-up: 9.5m see the penultimate episode of ‘Downton Abbey’

Downton Abbey attracted 9.5m viewers at the weekend, despite losing out as Sunday’s most watched show to Strictly Come Dancing.

For only the second time in its current run, ITV1’s period drama failed to top the ratings tables and yet still managed a 36.9% audience share in its time slot.

Meanwhile, Homeland on Channel 4 scored a respectable 2.2m (8.3%) viewers, but Friday Night Dinner is still falling short of its Series 1 figures with only 712k (3.4%) people tuning in. The sitcom was comprehensively beaten by the return of sketch show Harry and Paul on BBC Two, which drew in 1.5m (7.1%) viewers at the same time.

Also on Sunday, Misfits returned for its fourth series on E4 and the new-look cast was welcomed by 690k (3.8%) viewers.

The last ever episode of The Thick of It aired on Saturday and 900k (3.7%) viewers witnessed the possible downfall of Malcolm Tucker on BBC Two.

BBC One’s Me and Mrs Jones continues to disappoint with only 2.7m (12.8%) viewers on Friday, consistently undoing HIGNFY’s good work directly before it.

Over on Sky1 this weekend Trollied checked in 409k (1.9%) viewers, whilst Spy recruited just 199k (0.9%).

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All data was supplied by Attentional, Digital Spy and The Guardian.

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