Downton Abbey became an instant hit with its debut outing on Seven last night, scoring just under 1.81m viewers.
Following on from rave reviews and a (very) lengthy publicity campaign by Seven it was the top show for the night, thumping the competition. Thankfully, the show lives up to the hype.
A 90 minute Masterchef Australia (which began at 7:30pm) was 1.51m, The Mentalist was 736,000, The Kennedys was 585,000, Hawaii Five-O at 9pm slipped to 570,000 and Dateline on SBS dropped to just 85,000.
But MasterChef (1.51m) did top Dancing with the Stars (1.42m) and 60 Minutes (987,000). The Great Rift was 715,000 and Who Do You Think You Are? was 263,000.
Elsewhere last night In Their Footsteps pulled 987,000 and Merlin was 940,000.
Nine News at just under 1.66m also had a rare win over Seven News (1.53m).
FIA Formula One World Championship was the top multichannel show on 331,000 for ONE.
Seven romped home with a big share to win Sunday.
Update: Downton Abbey replays Saturday, June 4 at 3pm in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and at 4pm in Adelaide.