The second season of the British period drama "Downton Abbey" brought a ratings surge for PBS, with the show’s season finale giving the network its highest rating since the debut of a Ken Burns documentary in 2009, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.
"Downton Abbey" averaged 5.4 million viewers for the finale on Sunday night, the story notes. That was the highest rating for a PBS program since Ken Burns’ "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea" in September 2009, the story notes.
The season average for the second edition of the program doubled PBS’s average prime-time rating, the piece adds.
The third season of the drama is currently being filmed and will include Shirley MacLaine as the American mother of Lady Grantham, the article notes.