The highest-rating drama of the year: Downton Abbey's series finale pulls in a whopping 10.7million viewers
16:34 GMT, 5 November 2012
On Sunday evening, the finale of series three of Downton Abbey was watched by an astonishing 10.7 million viewers.
Proving to be the most watched episode of the series, the period drama has become the highest-rating drama of the year according to ITV.
The show which features actors such as Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville pulled in a very respectable 9.7 million viewers throughout the series.
Highest rating drama of the year: Downton Abbey was watched by 10.7 million viewers on Sunday evening
Created by Julian Fellowes, Downton had 2 million more viewers than the BBC's Call The Midwife and 2.7 million more Sherlock.
With an audience of 10.7 million at its peak, the finale which featured scandalous antics, a saucy new arrival, and a good old game of cricket had an average of 10.1 million people tuned in.
Firmly clinging onto the spot as one of the best pieces of television, the second series of the show also ended on a high with a viewership of 10.7 million.
Red hot: In Sunday's episode saw viewers new arrival Lady Rose makes a dazzling introduction as an average of 10.1 million people tuned into the finale of series three
Controversial: Lady Rose's romance with a married man landed her in hot water
Fellowes recently revealed his plans to introduce black or Indian characters into the ITV show.
Planning ahead: Show creator Julian Fellowes has revealed he would like to introduce black or Indian characters to Downton Abbey
The Emmy-award winning screenwriter said it 'would be rather nice to open the show up ethnically', but admitted he would have to think about how best to make the introduction historically believable.
The first series of Downton was set between 1912 and 1914, before it moved to 1916 and 1918 for the second series and most recently the 1920s in the third season of the show.
Asked if he would like to make Downton more multi-cultural, Fellowes said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph: 'Oh I think that’s rather a good idea. You have to work it in in a way that is historically believable, but I am sure we could do that.
'The show certainly ought to have an Indian character from that period.'
Anyone for cricket The Downton Abbey staff and residents enjoy the sporting day out
Revelation: It was discovered that Matthew does not have any problems
In Sunday night’s episode, fans saw Lady Rose turn into the ultimate scarlet women.
Despite her wide-eyed innocence, Lady Rose has a penchant for married men and manages to captivate the co-owner of Downton Abbey, Matthew Crawley, played by actor Dan Stevens, 30.
But it is her affair with the new male character, Terence Margadale, (Edward Baker-Duly) that sees the world of Downton become embroiled in scandal.
After eloping to London, the pair are caught in the notorious Blue Dragon night club where they are discovered by Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) locked in a passionate embrace.
And in a dramatic finale, Lady Rose is banished by her family to Scotland once the fling is exposed.
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