‘Downton Abbey’ season finale draws crowd for PBS


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‘Downton Abbey’ keeps expanding.

The PBS hit about the decline of the British aristocracy circa 1912 wrapped up its second season with a two-hour finale Sunday that drew 5.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.

That was up 28% over last month’s season premiere and gave PBS its best numbers since the premiere of Ken Burns’ ‘National Parks’ series in 2009.


Overall, season 2 of ‘Downton’ more than doubled PBS’ typical prime-time average. And it drew a much younger audience: women aged 18 to 34 rocketed 251% over the 2010-11 average for the ‘Masterpiece’ banner under which the show airs.

‘ ‘Downton Abbey’ has become a cultural phenomenon,’ Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer for ‘Masterpiece’ at Boston station WGBH-TV, said in a statement.

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-- Scott Collins