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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
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)
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
Mark Y

Thanks Jim!

Rose
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
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)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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

Shay
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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”

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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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