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'X Factor' U.K. on ITV Draws Biggest Peak Audience for Season to Date

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LONDON - The X Factor Sunday night live results show on U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV's ITV1 network drew a peak audience of 11.7 million viewers, the highest peak audience of the season so far. 

The data included viewership on catch-up network ITV1+1, which airs shows with a delay of an hour.

A week earlier, the music competition created by Simon Cowell had peaked with 11.4 million viewers. 

ITV said the hour-long show also drew an average audience of 9.6 million as it had done last week.

Meanwhile, costume drama Downton Abbey continued to draw a big crowd, reaching a peak audience of 10.4 million viewers for ITV1 in the 9pm time slot. 

The latest episode of the series, which is in its third season, averaged 9.8 million viewers, the network said.

A couple of weeks ago, Downton Abbey drew a season-high average of 10 million viewers. 

With an average audience of 8.2 million between 7pm and 10:30pm, ITV1 was the most watched channel in peak audiences by more than 3 million viewers, the broadcaster said.


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