Freeview research found that the ITV1 period drama was the favourite show with viewers, followed by E4 comedy The Inbetweeners.
Sherlock placed third followed by The Apprentice and The X Factor.
Come Dine With Me was in sixth place, with Gavin & Stacey following in seventh.
Ilse Howling, MD of Freeview, said: “From Downton to Dragon’s Den, Sherlock to Shameless, the last ten years have been a golden era for TV viewers. Now that Digital Switchover has completed, the whole country can receive Freeview and Freeview HD which means universal access to the most-watched TV shows without the need for a subscription. Continue reading »