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Downton Abbey Scores Second Highest U.S. Audience With Over 10 Million Viewers For Season Five Premiere!

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Sunday’s Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey on PBS’ Masterpiece delivered an average audience of 10.1 million viewers!

That is the second-highest rated episode of the series to date, nearly even with the Season 4 premiere (10.2 million viewers, 6.2 household rating – Nielsen Fast National, Live+Same Day). Between 9:00-10:15 p.m., PBS was the second most-watched network on Sunday (based on weighted metered market program averages).

“We’re incredibly excited that Downton Abbey’s fans came out in force for the premiere of what has become a cultural phenomenon. We’ll also be looking at time-shifted and online viewing over the next few weeks as the season progresses,” said Beth Hoppe PBS Chief Programming Executive.

“America has whole-heartedly embraced the Crawley family and those who serve them since the first season of Downton and we are very appreciative,” added executive producer Gareth Neame. “We’re thrilled to have season five, of which we are quite proud, off to such a strong start. On behalf of the actors, producers, crew and our good partners at PBS, thank you for continuing to make ‘Downton’ one of the most watched television series in the world.”

What did you think of the opener of this season of Downton Abbey? Comment below!

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janet
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janet

I still enjoy the show. The actors and characters are easy to watch. I looked forward to the premier and , was not disappointed. This show can only encourage fans that not all soaps are insulting the intelligence of the fans.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

What have i always said…the British does it best plus this is proof that an intelligent well written character driven drama series can draw in the viewers…no unnecessary four letter words, very little sex, no nudity, no bloody violence…just a first class series!!! BRAVO!!!

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Thanks Jim!

Rose
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Rose

I totally agree. Love PBS channel which airs Downton Abbey in my market along with other great British series. Some actors who have appeared there early in their careers, Colin Firth/Pride &Prejudice, Helen Mirren/Prime Suspect, Patrick Stewart/ I, Claudius.

Shay
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Shay

EXACTLY, jimh!!!! Simply and succinctly put, my friend, and oh so true……British shows provide an absolute oasis of talent, creativity, intellect and beauty…..such a departure from the trashy entertainment culture of our own country!!!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Downtown Abby, Coronation Street, and Sherlock Holmes…the best British invasion since The Beatles…lol

Shay
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Shay

Well, jimh, I enjoyed the SECOND British (musical) invasion of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Robert Palmer, etc, but no disagreement about the programs you mentioned….just add to them “Doc Martin,” “Mr. Selfridge,” “Murder in Paradise,” “Lewis,” “Foyle’s War,” “Bailey and Scott,” “Eastenders,” just to name a few, and of course, those wonderful Britcoms like “One Foot in the Grave,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” and “Are You Being Served?” Plus that newly added one, “Vicious,”….OH MY!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

‘Are You being served’ is my favorite comedy series ever…also i loved ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’…caught some ‘Eastenders’ on utube and i agree on SB, DD, RP,…just too many to list…love the British!!! Coronation Street did an 80s theme wedding that was entertaining and funny…i wish our soap opera writers were that creative!!!

Shay
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Shay

And lest I forget, “Poirot!” David Suchet is absolutely brilliant in his role as the diminutive detective….from Belgium! So sad that his last ever case has been filmed….

carol
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carol

This is my favorite show. However, I really miss the costumes they wore in the first two seasons. The fashion in the early days was so beautiful compared to the 1920’s. The cast all work so seamlessly together. Wish the season was longer.

Shay
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Shay

I hear you, Carol, but then again when you look at the sumptuous fabrics and skilled craftsmanship of the current crop of Downton fashions, they are still head and shoulders above the trashy fashions we are treated to today!!!! (I do love those hats and gloves!!!!! Such elegance……)

su0000
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su0000

I tried to watch it.. it looks so good..
I have a huge problem with the British accent, so badly that at times I need the closed captioning to understand them lol
they talk too fast and like they have marbles in their mouths..
It’s the one and only accent that I can not decipher lol ..

Shay
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Shay

If you are having trouble with that plummy-toned dialogue in the “King’s English”— replete with those cut-glass vowels—then good luck when it comes to deciphering Cockney, Brummie, Cornish or Mancunian accents, su!!!!

Roselyn
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Roselyn

Absolutely love the show!!!! So nice that I can watch with my children. Well written, well acted and quite simply truly entertaining!!! So looking forward to the next episode!!!

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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