WARNING: Some spoilers follow.
‘Downton Abbey’ is back and earning bigger and better ratings than ever!
Last night, the hit period drama’s fourth season premiered in the U.S. and earned some top-notch ratings, or in numeric terms, 10.2 million viewers. If I do say so myself, I think the Crawleys would be proud of that number.
The two-hour debut was up 22 percent from the Season 3 premiere, and it even scored a series high in the states. Last night’s episode, which takes place six months (in the year 1922) after the beloved Matthew’s death, also soared past the Season 3 heartbreaking finale.
According to Nielsen ratings, ‘Downton’s Season 4 debut is now the highest rated drama premiere in PBS history matching with CBS as the most watched network.
Despite fans opinions and critics warnings stating last night’s opener got off to a slow start, these ratings prove ‘Downton Abbey’ is a show that viewers don’t want to miss.
After all, who doesn’t want to see how Mary survives after her one true love’s death, if Edith will ever find romance, the further adventures of Bates and Anna, if Thomas has more schemes up his sleeve and how everyone else adored and living at Downton Abbey fares?
Luckily, more Season 4 episodes are coming our way, and we’ll also get a fifth season next January on PBS’ Masterpiece, after its U.K. debut in the fall.