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Strictly Come Dancing tops ratings as 10.4m view show

By Lorna Cooper

Downton Abbey's last episode before its Christmas special soared to a ratings high for the series, but Strictly Come Dancing continued to waltz all over the competition.

The ITV drama, which featured a suicide attempt and a wedding, drew an overnight average of 8.9 million on Sunday when viewers watching on ITV +1 were included. The share of the total TV audience was 39.1%. The figure excluding ITV +1 was 8.45 million.

Downton secured its highest audience since November 10, 2013, when it averaged 10 million and a 40.6% share. The multi-award-winning series, which has captivated the nation since 2010, will return at Christmas.

Despite the Crawleys and their servants going out on a high, BBC One's ballroom show, which aired its results show at 7.15pm, reigned supreme on Sunday.

An average of 10.4 million viewers watched as the show said goodbye to BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood, who became the sixth celebrity voted out of the series.

The show, which also hit a series high, secured 43% of the total TV audience.

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