‘Downton Abbey’ Ratings: PBS Series Just Misses Record High

Downton Abbey Season 5 TV review

Downton Abbey,” the most popular drama in PBS history, returned to a near-record audience Sunday night.

According to Nielsen preliminary estimates, the fifth-season premiere of thr Carnival Films/Masterpiece co-production averaged about 10.1 million viewers from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m., just a smidge behind the show’s fourth-season opener a year ago (10.2 million). Among all networks, only CBS drew a larger audience during the time period.

Nielsen also said the “Downton” premiere attracted a Twitter audience of 1.6 million people, who saw more than 48,000 tweets during the premiere evening, generating a total of 6.3 million impressions.

The program has generally seen increased viewership from season to season. It drew about 4.2 million for its 2012 premiere, and then 7.9 million as it kicked off its 2013 season.

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  1. Ggeraty says:

    Love, love this show. Hope it never ends. Hope we follow Branson to Boston and see his adjustment to American life.

  2. John Ridgway says:

    Because NBC hired the writer for a NY show period piece 1880-1890. The cast are British actors for the most part and their simply just better actors, the show balances all the players. It lets each actor showcase their skills.

  3. B. Hope says:

    Downton Abbey is about the best thing on TV. Why, Why, Why would you want to end this program. Almost evertything else on TV is trash and garbage. WHY, WHY, WHY?

  4. Sandra Harper says:

    The British are the Very Best at any Production! Love PBS

  5. John schimenti says:

    Just love the show …what a great match between the writing and the actors can’t get enough. …bravo !

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