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'Downton Abbey' finale posts biggest PBS rating in years

By James Hibberd, EW.com
updated 5:56 PM EST, Thu February 23, 2012
Downton Abbey is PBS' most popular series since the premiere of
Downton Abbey is PBS' most popular series since the premiere of "National Parks" in 2009.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 5.4 million viewers tuned into the second season finale
  • The "Abbey" audience has grown 25 % since the first season.
  • The show is delivering a much younger audience than the usual Masterpiece crowd

(EW.com) -- The second season finale of PBS' "Downton Abbey" posted the network's biggest audience in nearly three years.

A total of 5.4 million viewers tuned into Sunday night's two-hour closer. It was PBS' most-watched program since the premiere of Ken Burns' "National Parks" in 2009.

For some perspective, PBS' period drama delivered more first-run viewers than FX receives for successes like "American Horror Story" and "Justified", or AMC gets for favorites like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" (though not as much as "The Walking Dead").

Overall, the second season "Abbey" audience was 25% larger than the first round. The show is also delivering a much younger audience than the usual "Masterpiece crowd", with female viewers 18-34 up 251%.

See the full article at EW.com.

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