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'Downton Abbey' Season Finale Draws 5.4 Million Viewers

Episode is highest-rated PBS program since September 2009 2/23/2012 11:04:00 AM Eastern

PBS' buzzy period drama Downton Abbey concluded its second season on a high ratings note,
averaging 5.4 million viewers for its finale on Sunday night.

The episode earned a 3.5 household rating,
according to Nielsen fast national data, making it the highest-rated PBS
program since the premiere of Ken Burns' National
Parks
in September 2009.

Overall, Downton
Abbey
's second season ratings were up 25% over its first and its audience
doubled the PBS primetime average. This season also saw upticks in online viewing,
with full episodes seeing 4.8 million views, an increase of 400% from season
one.

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