Downton Abbey will end its run on Christmas Day in the United Kingdom, but USA fans will see the final season airing on PBS starting on January 3 with the finale set to air in March.
No programmes from any other channel such as Channel 4 or Sky broke the top 10.
However, the real ratings victor was the Queen, whose 3pm broadcast had the biggest overall figures for the day, drawing 6.1 million on the BBC and 1.1 million on ITV, excluding +1 and catch-up services.
An ITV spokesman said it was the first time a Downton Christmas special had topped the United Kingdom ratings on Christmas Day. Including those watching on ITV +1, there were 7.7m viewers.
Over on ITV, the final two-hour instalment of Downton will kick off at the exact same time.
Meanwhile, producers have teased that the last ever episode will offer all the love and loss, happiness and heartbreak that fans of the show have come to expect, as the family and servants prepare to bring in the year 1926 as they celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve together.
Butler Carson (Jim Carter) is philosophical about the new developments at Downton.
A Downton Abbey boss has revealed the real reason the show ended after six successful seasons.
Beamish’s Town street was covered in “snow” in July, when filming took place with Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery, Tom Branson, played by Allen Leech and Henry Talbot, played by Matthew Goode.
When it became clear that Edith was finally getting her happy ending, not everyone was pleased for her.
Lily James, soon to be seen in BBC One drama War And Peace, reprises her role as Lady Rose Aldridge.
However, if members of the cast didn’t want to continue, it wouldn’t have been the same.
Anna and John Bates, played by Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle, welcomed their newborn son, who was controversially born in Mary’s bedroom. The series will end with a Christmas special finale episode on 25 December at 8 pm.