'Downton Abbey', Season 3 on Masterpiece Classic Finale Ratings End on a High Note With 8.2 Million Viewers

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February 19th, 2013

via press release:

“Downton Abbey, Season 3” on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC
Finale Ratings End on a High Note

Final Episode Averaged 8.2 Million Viewers

ARLINGTON, VA; February 19, 2013 -- PBS and WGBH announced today that the conclusion of the breakout hit “Downton Abbey, Season 3” on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC captivated an average audience of 8.2 million viewers (Nielsen Fast National data, 5.2 household rating). The Season 3 finale’s average audience was 50 percent above the Season 2 finale (5.4 million viewers, 3.5 household Fast National rating) from February 2012.

“Downton Abbey, Season 3,” a Carnival/MASTERPIECE co-production, consistently drew an audience more than quadruple the PBS primetime average. It exceeded the average rating of the second season of “Downton Abbey” by 66 percent (based on metered market averages).

According to SocialGuide, there were nearly 80,000 "Downton Abbey"-related tweets sent out on Feb. 17, making it the 2nd most tweeted-about series (broadcast or cable) on television that night.

Final, Live+7 ratings for the season finale will be available in approximately three weeks.

  • Rebecca

    They’re casting a new love interest for Mary, so that should keep things interesting. The next season will probably skip ahead a bit in time, like other seasons/episodes have in the past. Also, I know some people in their 20s and 30s who watch the show, but everyone else is at least 39/40 and older.

  • geri

    I love Downton Abbey and I’m glad the ratings are so good. How do we find the ratings for other PBS shows? I don’t watch many, but I would like to know where they stand. I love most of the Masterpiece programs.

  • The Super S

    That tops everything on CW, and almost everything on NBC and ABC.

    It’s says something for PBS, but it’s more likely it says more about CW, NBC and ABC’s ratings.

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