Matthew Crawley may be gone, but ratings for
The fourth season debut of
Viewership for the two-hour premiere was up about 24% from the season-three finale, which ended with Crawley's surprise death, and up 29% from last season's opener, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.
From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., PBS tied
According to Nielsen SocialGuide, 2.9 million people saw one or more of the 97,000 tweets that were sent about the premiere during the evening.
To boost anticipation for the show, 135 local PBS stations hosted screenings in December and January.
[For the record: An eariler version of this post mischaracterized Twitter data from Nielsen SocialGuide.]
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