Downton Abbey Season Premier Breaks Records
Sunday's season four premier of "Downton Abbey" on PBS surpassed the comparable ratings for every previous episode and outperformed every other drama that night. At least 10.2 million viewers tune in live or within hours via digital video recorders on Sunday night, which was up 7.9 million viewers at the start of season three and 8.2 million at the end of it. PBS said it hadn't seen numbers that high since the premier of the "Civil War" documentary series in 1990s. Though PBS's decision to debut season four in the United Kingdom several months ago has received no small amount of criticism from American viewers, their ratings are enough to prove the scheduling strategy is a wise one. Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer of Downton Abbey, added that Julian Fellowes has written every word of all four seasons.
By Jordan Moses
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