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Masterpiece series Downton Abbey season three makes ratings history for KET and PBS

For Release: 2013-04-29 13:36:00

The recently completed third season of the Masterpiece series Downton Abbey once again proved a viewer favorite, even breaking records on local and national levels.


The third season of Downton Abbey made ratings history nationally by becoming the highest-rated drama in PBS history. Nielsen data for the program shows a 7.7 season average rating and an average season audience of 11.5 million viewers who tuned in via their local PBS station. These numbers outperform the second season of Downton Abbey by 64 and 65 percent, respectively.


For KET, the Downton Abbey season three finale earned an 8 Nielsen rating in the Lexington market, making it one of the most-watched programs in KET’s history. Nationally, the episode was the number one rated show of the night, beating all broadcast and cable competition in prime time.


"Kentuckians have fallen in love with Downton Abbey," said Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO. "Everywhere we go across the state, Downton fans are eager to talk about the popular series and are looking forward to the next season. We’re delighted to be a part of the excitement and to have so many viewers enjoying KET."


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Contact: Abby Malik



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