Ratings: PBS’ ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns to 9.9 Million Viewers

Downton Abbey Season 6
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Nearly 10 million viewers flocked to the final-season premiere of PBS drama “Downton Abbey” on Sunday, nearly on par with prior season-openers for the pubcaster’s most popular program of all time.

The British period drama, whose final-season action picks up in 1925, averaging 9.9 million viewers for its 9 p.m. premiere on Sunday, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates compiled by PBS and WGBH Boston, the largest producer of PBS content. Last year’s season 5 premiere drew 10.1 million, and the 2014 debut of season 4 drew 10.2 million.

According to Nielsen, a Twitter audience of 1.4 million people saw more than 47,000 tweets during the premiere evening, generating a total of 6.1 million impressions and making it the No. 1 primetime series episode of the night.

PBS plans to use the final season of “Downton Abbey” to help launch “Mercy Street,” the network’s first U.S.-mounted drama in more than 10 years. “Mercy” will bow Jan. 17, immediately following the third episode of “Downton.”

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  1. Diana says:

    That was an enjoyable evening. We hate to see the series end. We think that maybe they should make more episodes perhaps as a spinoff.

  2. Congratulations PBS & Masterpiece
    on a Masterful Premiere for “Downton Abbey” Season 6!

    READ: Variety, 3:17 PM ET
    “Ratings: PBS’ ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns to 9.9 Million Viewers”

    Observation on the state of Business and Research at the start of the New Year:

    Note 1.: It only took 36 hours for those responsible to tabulate, model, muddle, report & release the 2016 Nielsen TV Ratings data. Let’s Party Like It’s 1924!

    Note 2.: The Nielsen Twitter data makes Nielsen look like a bunch of “TWITS” to this media strategist.
    Nielsen is nothing but one irrelevant data distraction after another.

    If you’re Tweeting, then you’re NOT Viewing.

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