'Downton Abbey' Season Finale Posts Best Ratings for PBS in Years
The positive reviews obtained by "Downton Abbey" came in line with big ratings. The Best Miniseries at 2012 Golden Globe Awards drew a total of 5.4 million viewers during the airing of season 2 finale on Sunday, February 19.
It marked the highest ratings for PBS in years, since the premiere of Ken Burns' documentary "National Parks" in September 2009. The number also increased 30% from the season 2 premiere, which pulled in 4.2 million viewers.
The period drama series additionally lured more younger audience than the usual Masterpiece crowd, with a 251% increase in female viewers aged 18-34. "PBS and our member stations are so pleased that such a large audience is enjoying this great work from Masterpiece," PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger commented on the show's performance.
"From viewing parties to Twitter mentions, 'Downton Abbey' is riding a wave of public enthusiasm, and it's been wonderful to see so many people discovering public television as a destination for programming that's smart, distinctive and entertaining."
The third season of "Downton Abbey" will begin filming this spring and is expected to premiere in the U.S. in early 2013.
- Chris Pratt Name Drops Jennifer Lawrence in Christmas-Themed Mad Lib Theater With Jimmy Fallon
- Drake and Aaliyah's Posthumous Collaboration 'Talk Is Cheap' Surfaces Online
- Tom Hanks Puts Emma Watson in Danger in 'The Circle' Teaser Trailer
- Mariah Carey Flaunts Her Curves in Peek-a-Boo Dress After Christmas Concert With Bryan Tanaka
- Watch Fiona Apple Sing Anti-Donald Trump Christmas Carol
- Sofia Vergara Gets Sued by Her Own Embryos as Legal Battle With Ex Continues
- Watch Shawn Mendes Cover Drake's 'Fake Love' on 'Live Lounge'
- 'Walking Dead' Star Steven Yeun Is Expecting First Child With Wife Joana Pak