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Downton Abbey Finale Scores 9.6 Million Viewers For PBS! John Legend Performs ‘Downton’ Theme Song With Lyrics!

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Even after it’s beautiful series finale on Sunday night on PBS, Downton Abbey is still making pop culture news.

First, the ratings for the season six finale and final episode of the British soap are in, and it was watched by an average of 9.6 millon viewers making it the highest rated season-ender of the series, but not the most-watched episode ever of the series on PBS.  With its 9.6 million viewers on Sunday, the last installment makes it the fourth largest audience to date for the series, behind only the 10.2 million for its season four premiere, the 10.1 million for its season five premiere and the 9.9 million it attracted in January as it kicked off its final season.

Elsewhere, on Monday’s night’s episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, none other than Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe winner John Legend performed the haunting theme to Downton Abbey with a twist! Legend added never-before- heard lyrics in a humorous salute to the series complete with photos of the characters he is singing about encircling his piano.

Watch John Legend sing the Downton Abbey theme after the jump! Then let us know if you got a kick out of it! And what do you think of the audience numbers for the finale?  Did you watch?  Comment below!

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  1. Tom

    March 9, 2016 at 4:02 am

    I hope they make the movie of it that they are talking about.

  2. Rodd

    March 9, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I really like John Legend, but this attempt at humor just wasn’t very becoming to me. Love the theme music but wasn’t wild about the lyrics. It’s a little too soon for me, as I’m really missing the show.

    • carol

      March 9, 2016 at 11:16 am

      I totally agree. I like John Legend as well but did not really appreciate these lyrics coming so soon after the ending of what was my favorite show of all time. I will miss it so much that it’s difficult to find any humor regarding it right now.

  3. Vet from the Get (abc soaps)

    January 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    his lyrics were horrible. and it irks me that his first line is about race. totally uncalled for.

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Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018

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It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

The Downton Abbey exhibition however, is set to travel to the United States and Australia with dates to be announced. (more…)

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SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS: Downton Abbey Scores Drama Series Ensemble Nod; This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown Tapped For Two!

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Nominations were announced this morning for the 23rd Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for performances in motion pictures and television.

The awards ill be handed out Sunday, January 29th at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live at 8/7c (5 p.m./PT) on both TBS and TNT.

For its sixth and final season, the British period soap, Downton Abbey once again made the finals in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.  They will go up against, The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.  On the snub side: the widely acclaimed and highly-rated This Is Us failed to score a nomination in the category.

In addition, this is the first time that Dame Maggie Smith did not wind up with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. (more…)

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Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Shares Emmy Acceptance Speech; Asks Jimmy Kimmel To Direct Her To The Lost & Found To Get Her Trophy!

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Leave it to the grand dame Maggie Smith to have fun with Jimmy Kimmel’s rant last night on the 68th annual Daytime Emmy about how perennial winner Smith never is on-hand in Los Angeles on Emmy night to collect her trophy when he name is called!

Smith, who has been nominated 9 times for an Emmy and has won 4 overall and 3 of them for her work as the Dowager Countess on the beloved British period soap, Downton Abbey, used social media via the Masterpiece PBS Twitter account and shared her acceptance speech on Monday, alluding to Kimmel’s last gag about her during the live telecast.

For Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly were presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, and when Smith was announced as the winner, and the duo were accepting the the award on Smith’s behalf, Kimmel came out from the wings and intercepted the trophy and let Smith know she has to retrieve it herself! Kimmel said, “No, no, no, no, no.  We’re not mailing this award to her. Maggie, if you want this it’ll be in the lost and found”.

Masterpiece PBS twitter shared, Dame MaggieSmith graciously accepts her #Emmy award — @jimmykimmel, please advise on the location of the lost and found! #DowntonPBS.

Smith’s acceptance speech read: “I was very astonished and pleased to win the award. I feel the Emmys has been overly generous to me. If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try and be on the next flight.”  She signed it, “Love, Old Maggie” (more…)

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