Downton Abbey, the international smash that is a bonafide hit with U.S. audiences too, hit ratings gold for its season three premiere this past Sunday night!
The epic British soap opera drew 7.9 million viewers on PBS, which is its highest total yet according to the Nielsen Ratings! The third season premiere of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series, a Carnival/MASTERPIECE co-production, quadrupled the average PBS primetime rating, and exceeded the average rating of the second season premiere of Downton Abbey by 96 percent (based on metered market averages). That means the number is four times PBS’ typical nightly average and nearly twice the 4.2 million who watched the season 2 premiere episode!
“The well-loved characters that made Season 2 the most-watched series in MASTERPIECE history continue to delight us,” said MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “I’m thrilled to see so many viewers return to the Crawley family’s delicious drama and intrigue.” The new season, which rejoins the story as the Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, will be available on the PBS Video Portal after each national broadcast for a limited time.
After the jump watch this just released look into Season Three of Downton Abbey with its creator, Julian Fellowes. What was your favorite part of the Season three premiere? The wedding of Matthew and Mary? Shirley MacLaine’s debut? Lord Grantham’s confession that he may lose “Downton” forever? Let us know!