Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ratings: Downton Abbey Shock Episode: Up 22% Over Last Year


The second episode of “Downton Abbey” was a shocker: Anna was raped, a situation that caused a scandal in Britain when the show aired this fall. But that didn’t deter viewers. “Downton” was up 22% over last season’s second episode. The Crawleys scored  7.94 million viewers. Their household rating was a very healthy 4.7. This means that the PBS Masterpiece drama finished third in narrative TV to “The Good Wife” and “The  Mentalist.” ABC and NBC would love to have the “Downton” numbers. Bravo!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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