'Downton Abbey' Season 4 and 'Sherlock' Season 3 ratings rise in final numbers

The final ratings are in for the most recent seasons of U.K. imports "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" and they are once again big for PBS."Downton's" fourth season saw an average audience of 13.2 million viewers when the final numbers were calculated, which is up nearly 2 million from its Season 3 numbers. This firmly cements the Crawley family period piece as the highest-rated drama in PBS history. Likewise, "Sherlock" saw a gain of 2.2 million year-over-year, going from an average of 4.4 million in Season 2 to an average of 6.6 million in Season 3.Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive for PBS, says, "The pairing of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock' was a winning blueprint this year, helping both series reach record audiences on PBS member stations. British drama lovers have even more to look forward to this spring with new seasons of fan-favorite series returning to their local stations.""Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton adds, "The success...



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