Home Television 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 began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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