‘Downton Abbey’ Returns Strong for PBS

Fifth season premiere falls just short of last year’s 10.2 million
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Downton Abbey made its U.S. premiere of its fifth season to 10.1 million viewers on Sunday.

While that was just short of the 10.2 million that watched last year’s premiere, it still ranked as PBS’ second-best broadcast in its history.

Between 9:00-10:15 p.m., PBS was the second most-watched network on Sunday (based on weighted metered market program averages).