Tuesday, May 21, 2024

“Downton Abbey” Bows Out with Biggest Finale Ratings Ever– Almost 10 Million People Watched


So, dig this. Nearly 10 million people watched the “Downton Abbey” finale on Sunday night. That’s the biggest season ender for that show ever. It was the fourth largest audience for the whole six years.

The bigger headline is that “Downton Abbey” had more viewers on Sunday night than show on network television between 9 and 11 pm.

From 8 to 9, “Madam Secretary” had 10.13 million. Basically, when that show ended, everyone turned to PBS. A few people stayed for “The Good Wife.” But that was it. And no one was disappointed. “Downton Abbey” ended with an Emmy winning episode.

Now all Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame have to do is figure out how to do a movie that doesn’t seem like a TV show, and do it fast while the cast members still look more or less the same.


Roger Friedman
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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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