It seems Downton Abbey was worth the wait for patient period drama fans across the pond.
Our American counterparts have been standing by for the fourth series of Downton Abbey, which we devoured before Christmas over here, and a record number of them tuned in when it finally premiered.
The series, which opens with a widowed Lady Mary mourning her beloved Matthew, kicked off on PBS America on Sunday – and 10.2 million viewers settled down to watch it, making it the highest-rated drama premiere in the public service broadcaster’s history.
The episode also brought in 22% more viewers than the series three premiere, which was watched by 7.3 million Americans. Impressive, no?
Gareth Neame, the show’s Executive Producer and Managing Director of Carnival Films, said: “Yet again we are astonished and delighted that the U.S. audiences continue to love and adore the show as it goes out live. For a British drama to keep adding millions of viewers to its audience is truly wonderful for us all, both behind and in front of the camera.”
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