That little British show is causing waves across the pond. Thanks to an impressive run at awards shows, in critical reviews and with media everywhere, Downton Abbey raked in a remarkable 8.2 million viewers in its Season 3 finale on PBS.
That’s an increase of over 50 per cent from the Season 2 finale in 2012 of 5.4 million viewers on the public network. In addition, Nielsen reports that the show pulled an average 5.2 household rating in Sunday night’s finale — an impressive feat for an import show that was available through illegal sources online beforehand.
The eight-episode third season wrapped with a dramatic fan shocker (read about it in our review, here), and increased in the ratings week-by-week from its 7.9 million viewer debut.
ITV, which airs the series in the UK, has already ordered Downton Abbey for a fourth season. The show currently airs on VisionTV in Canada; the network began re-airing the show with Season 1 this past January, and will continue through all the way to the third season finale.
The show is also available for purchase on iTunes in Canada.