'Downton Abbey' Season 3 ratings set record for PBS

The final numbers are in for "Downton Abbey" Season 3 on PBS and they are big. The U.K. import period drama earned a 7.7 average rating for the season and an average season audience of 11.5 million viewers. This is up roughly 64 percent over Season 2.The Season 3 finale earned an 8.1 national rating and an average of 12.3 million viewers, once the Nielsen Live +7 numbers were taken into account. This beat all broadcast and cable competition for the timeslot. In all, 24 million viewers watched the third season goings-on of the Crawley family and their household staff, up 7 million total viewers over Season 2. That makes "Downton" the highest-rated PBS drama of all time. "We're thrilled with how many people have fallen in love with 'Downton Abbey,'" says PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. "'Downton Abbey' has introduced so many viewers to the world of public television, and anchored a very...



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