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Downton Abbey opens big for Seven

Downton-AbbeyBritish period drama Downton Abbey proved to be a smash hit for Seven, rating 1.807m viewers – one of the highest series debuts on any network this year.

The show – set in a fictional stately home early in the 20th century – easily beat Ten’s Masterchef (1.511m) and Seven’s other big show of the night Dancing With The Stars (1.429m) according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

Despite the show being a big hit for ITV in the UK, airing the show in prime time was still something of a risk for Seven.

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