You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed for Fifth Season

Ahead of season-four premiere, season-five renewal announced

Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced.

“Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home of this
extraordinarily entertaining series, and, along with our stations, we look forward to sharing season five with U.S. audiences.”

The most-watched drama in PBS history, “Downton” just completed its fourth season in the U.K. and averaged 11.8 million viewers there to become Britain’s highest-rated TV drama of the year.

“We are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year,” said Gareth Neame, exec producer of “Downton” and managing director of Carnival Films. “We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”

“Downton” averaged 11.5  million viewers (L+7) for its third season on PBS, with 12.3 million tuning in for the season finale. Season four will run from Jan. 5 through Feb. 23 in 2014.

“As American audiences ready themselves for the Jan. 5 premiere of season four, our devoted Downton fans will rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way,” said “Masterpiece” exec producer Rebecca Eaton.

More TV

  • PinkMTV Video Music Awards, Show, Los

    Viacom, Charter Strike New Carriage Deal

    Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced. “Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home […]

  • Discovery ATLF and the VCC

    How Discovery, TLC and Tegna Are Bringing Live Internet-Video Calls Into On-Air Broadcasts

    Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced. “Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home […]

  • Jack Black Gus Van Sant movie

    ABC Developing Small Town Serial Killer Comedy With Jack Black Producing

    Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced. “Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    High-End Italian TV Shows 'Django,' 'Devils' Set to Fly With Sky Italia (EXCLUSIVE)

    Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced. “Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home […]

  • Roy Price Amazon Studios

    Roy Price Resigns From Amazon Studios

    Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced. “Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home […]

  • Lena HeadeyHBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season

    'Game of Thrones' Star Lena Headey Says Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her

    Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced. “Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home […]

  • HBO Adds Foreign-Language Dramas to U.S.

    International Newswire: HBO Adds Foreign-Language Dramas to U.S. Service

    Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced. “Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content