Sunday evening’s exit of Diva Fever and Storm Lee from the X Factor was seen by over 13 million viewers while Downton Abbey continued its stellar performance for ITV with nearly 9 million viewers.

 

The X Factor on Sunday evening saw ratings rise above 13 million viewers as two acts were eliminated from the competition. The exits of Storm Lee and Diva Fever were seen by 12.6 million viewers on ITV1 and an additional 800,000 viewers on the ITV1 HD Channel giving a combined audience of 13.4 million viewers. Strictly Come Dancing’s result show – which saw the exit of Paul Daniels from the competition – had 9 million viewers on BBC One with a further 350,000 viewers watching on the BBC HD Channel.

 

At 9pm Downton Abbey continued its stellar performance for ITV1 as the drama saw ratings rise once again. The fourth episode of the Julian Fellowes penned drama pulled in 8.6 million viewers on ITV1 – up 600,000 viewers on last week. The figure for ITV1 HD was nearly 500,000 viewers pushing the combined figure for Downton Abbey nearer to 9 million viewers; the Edwardian drama continues to storm the ratings. Single Father on BBC One at 9pm, starring David Tennant and Suranne Jones, had 4.3 million viewers which was down on the 4.8 million viewers who tuned in for last week’s opening episode.

 

Earlier in the evening Countryfile on BBC One had 7 million viewers at 6.30pm which was up slighlty on last week’s figure of 6.8 million viewers. The Cube on ITV1 at 7pm had 5.2 million viewers. Elsewhere a repeat of Top Gear pulled 1.7 million viewers to BBC Two at 7pm while at 9pm Dragon’s Den: What Happened Next had 1.1 million viewers. The new series of The Secret Millionaire launched on Channel Four at 9pm with 1.9 million viewers followed by the seventh season premier of Desperate Housewives with 1.6 million viewers.

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