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'Downton Abbey' Gives PBS Highest Ratings Since 2009

'Downton Abbey' Gives PBS Highest Ratings Since 2009

The season 2 finale of Downton Abbey ended on a high note last Sunday – it was PBS’ highest-rated program since National Parks, which premiered in September 2009!

The British period drama’s finale scored 5.4 million viewers, a 30 percent increase from the 4.2 million who tuned in for the season’s premiere. THR notes that the record number “doesn’t even include DVR, online streaming or station replays.”

“PBS and our member stations are so pleased that such a large audience is enjoying this great work from Masterpiece,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said in a statement.

“From viewing parties to Twitter mentions, Downton Abbey is riding a wave of public enthusiasm, and it’s been wonderful to see so many people discovering public television as a destination for programming that’s smart, distinctive and entertaining,” she added.

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  • Sayer

    Still haven’t figured out what the heck this show is about.

  • Wee

    This show rocks….

  • yolly

    I really enjoyed watching it. I have to wait for a few months to see Season 3.I love the ending of Season 2.

  • Lisa

    LOVE Downton Abbey, BEST show on t.v.

  • Guy

    I feel like I should check it out but PBS can be a pretty big bore if you ask me. I remember changing to PBS once and it was screen shots of different angels of a swamp and then there was an announcer saying, “beautiful…beautiful…” so that was really weird and uninteresting….

    Back on topic, yeah I should probably check the show out…

  • Hey

    Seriously who would ever watch PBS (besides people with no lives and too much time on their hands) ?
    This show is boring as hell, still don’t understand the fuss made about it.

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  • Emma

    Downton Abbey is fantastic, I love it! Can’t wait for Season 3.

  • Rosario

    Love, love, love this show! Waiting for season 3! If you haven´t checked it you should! Not boring at all, very entertaining and well done without the useless gore or sex scenes of the hbo productions…

  • Peter

    @Sayer: @Hey: you obviously have nothing between your ears!

  • JOY

    Great show wish we wouldn’t have to wait so long to see Season 3.

  • Paul

    Very much looking forward to Season 3!

  • Jerry6

    @Sayer: If your Great Grand Parents were not “Above Stairs” you would not be expected to.