Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey season five finishes strong with 8.5 million viewers

For Release: 04/20/15 1:36 PM

Season six of the hit series will be its last

The March 1 season-five finale of the Masterpiece series Downton Abbey finished strong with an average national audience of 8.3 million viewers.

In addition, the January 4 season five premiere of Downton Abbey made ratings history nationally by becoming the second highest-rated drama in PBS history with a Nielsen Live+7 household rating of 9.42 and an average audience of 13.4 million viewers who tuned in via their local PBS station. (The series’ season four premiere was the highest-rated drama in PBS history, with an average audience of 15.5 million viewers.)

For KET, viewership of the Downton Abbey season five increased almost 6 percent over viewership for season four with over half a million viewers, making it one of the most-watched series in KET’s history.

Overall, the fifth season’s nine-week run averaged 8.3 million viewers nationally for each episode.

Downton Abbey is a co-production of Carnival Films and Masterpiece, which recently announced that the sixth season of the series – set to premiere in January 2016 – will be its last.

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Tim Bischoff
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