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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3 premiere draws record ratings

The ratings juggernaut that is “Downton Abbey” shows no signs of stopping.

The Season 3 premiere of the World War I-era British costume epic on PBS on Sunday drew 7.9 million total viewers, its highest total yet, according to Nielsen.

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That figure is four times PBS’ typical nightly average and nearly twice the 4.2 million who showed up for the Season 2 premiere last January.

The series wrapped up its third season on Britain’s ITV last month, with a number of spoilers floating about online. But the current run has plenty of lures for American viewers, most notably the addition of Shirley MacLaine as the American mother of the Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern).

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What did you think of Sunday’s “Downton” premiere? Do you plan to watch the rest of the season?

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