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14 January 7th, 2015 Downton Abbey Scores Second Highest U.S. Audience With Over 10 Million Viewers For Season Five Premiere!

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Sunday’s Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey on PBS’ Masterpiece delivered an average audience of 10.1 million viewers!

That is the second-highest rated episode of the series to date, nearly even with the Season 4 premiere (10.2 million viewers, 6.2 household rating – Nielsen Fast National, Live+Same Day). Between 9:00-10:15 p.m., PBS was the second most-watched network on Sunday (based on weighted metered market program averages).

“We’re incredibly excited that Downton Abbey’s fans came out in force for the premiere of what has become a cultural phenomenon. We’ll also be looking at time-shifted and online viewing over the next few weeks as the season progresses,” said Beth Hoppe PBS Chief Programming Executive.

“America has whole-heartedly embraced the Crawley family and those who serve them since the first season of Downton and we are very appreciative,” added executive producer Gareth Neame. “We’re thrilled to have season five, of which we are quite proud, off to such a strong start. On behalf of the actors, producers, crew and our good partners at PBS, thank you for continuing to make ‘Downton’ one of the most watched television series in the world.”

What did you think of the opener of this season of Downton Abbey? Comment below!

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  1. janet says:

    I still enjoy the show. The actors and characters are easy to watch. I looked forward to the premier and , was not disappointed. This show can only encourage fans that not all soaps are insulting the intelligence of the fans.

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  2. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    What have i always said…the British does it best plus this is proof that an intelligent well written character driven drama series can draw in the viewers…no unnecessary four letter words, very little sex, no nudity, no bloody violence…just a first class series!!! BRAVO!!!

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    Mark Y replied

    Thanks Jim!

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    Rose replied

    I totally agree. Love PBS channel which airs Downton Abbey in my market along with other great British series. Some actors who have appeared there early in their careers, Colin Firth/Pride &Prejudice, Helen Mirren/Prime Suspect, Patrick Stewart/ I, Claudius.

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    Shay replied

    EXACTLY, jimh!!!! Simply and succinctly put, my friend, and oh so true……British shows provide an absolute oasis of talent, creativity, intellect and beauty…..such a departure from the trashy entertainment culture of our own country!!!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Downtown Abby, Coronation Street, and Sherlock Holmes…the best British invasion since The Beatles…lol

    Shay replied

    Well, jimh, I enjoyed the SECOND British (musical) invasion of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Robert Palmer, etc, but no disagreement about the programs you mentioned….just add to them “Doc Martin,” “Mr. Selfridge,” “Murder in Paradise,” “Lewis,” “Foyle’s War,” “Bailey and Scott,” “Eastenders,” just to name a few, and of course, those wonderful Britcoms like “One Foot in the Grave,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” and “Are You Being Served?” Plus that newly added one, “Vicious,”….OH MY!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    ‘Are You being served’ is my favorite comedy series ever…also i loved ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’…caught some ‘Eastenders’ on utube and i agree on SB, DD, RP,…just too many to list…love the British!!! Coronation Street did an 80s theme wedding that was entertaining and funny…i wish our soap opera writers were that creative!!!

    Shay replied

    And lest I forget, “Poirot!” David Suchet is absolutely brilliant in his role as the diminutive detective….from Belgium! So sad that his last ever case has been filmed….

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  3. carol says:

    This is my favorite show. However, I really miss the costumes they wore in the first two seasons. The fashion in the early days was so beautiful compared to the 1920′s. The cast all work so seamlessly together. Wish the season was longer.

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    Shay replied

    I hear you, Carol, but then again when you look at the sumptuous fabrics and skilled craftsmanship of the current crop of Downton fashions, they are still head and shoulders above the trashy fashions we are treated to today!!!! (I do love those hats and gloves!!!!! Such elegance……)

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  4. su0000 says:

    I tried to watch it.. it looks so good..
    I have a huge problem with the British accent, so badly that at times I need the closed captioning to understand them lol
    they talk too fast and like they have marbles in their mouths..
    It’s the one and only accent that I can not decipher lol ..

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    Shay replied

    If you are having trouble with that plummy-toned dialogue in the “King’s English”— replete with those cut-glass vowels—then good luck when it comes to deciphering Cockney, Brummie, Cornish or Mancunian accents, su!!!!

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  5. Roselyn says:

    Absolutely love the show!!!! So nice that I can watch with my children. Well written, well acted and quite simply truly entertaining!!! So looking forward to the next episode!!!

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