‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed for Fifth Season

Michelle Dockery Joanne Froggatt

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.

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  1. Sue Hutson says:

    Yes!!! Wish we didn’t have to wait so long in the US for Season 4, we aren’t in the dark ages anymore. At least Doc Martin will be in my mailbox this week….

  2. Great show, older and new faces you don;t see all the time and fantastic acting. Also the haves and have nots was fantastic, new faces and great acting. These directors know their stuff , we need more of them. Mad men is good too, newer faces and great acting. What happened to my show the haves and havenots on oprah, didn;t see the ending.

  3. James Agazzi says:

    Wonderful news – PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE have MAGGIE SMITH be a central character. She is phenomenal talent that we cannot get enough of.

  4. Excellent news. I watched the original Forsyth Saga on a grainy TV as a kid. Since I read the book, I was hooked on PBS and became a loyal viewer.

  5. Whosit says:

    Season 4 was a disappointment. Hope that the Christmas Special includes some plot twists.

  6. Lindsey says:

    That would be Lady Mary, not as your text under the third image on the left states as Miss Mary ! !

    Have you never watched this show ! ?

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