The Super Bowl set viewership records Sunday and was by far television’s most watched show, as it always is, but the show that came in second that night has its own streak going.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that PBS’s “Downton Abbey” was the second-most-watched show Sunday night, making it the runner-up on Super Bowl Sunday for a third year in a row.
“Downton Abbey” averaged 6.8 million viewers in its 9 p.m. airing, which outpaced its performance against the Super Bowl last year, when it drew 6.6 million viewers, the piece notes. That means it outdrew all non-NFL programming Sunday night.
While demographics aren’t as important to the commercial-free PBS, “Downton Abbey” nevertheless was also the runner-up in the adults 18-49 segment, the story notes.