With NBC’s Sunday telecast of the Super Bowl setting a record as the most-watched TV show in history, as previously reported, another ratings achievement has been largely overlooked. It didn’t come close to the Super Bowl’s numbers, but coming in second after the Super Bowl in the 9 p.m. hour was PBS’s "Downton Abbey," The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog reports.
The period drama about an aristocratic family living through World War I drew 4 million viewers, outpacing CBS’s "CSI: Miami" (3.1 million); Fox’s "Family Guy" (2.4 million) and "American Dad" (2.2 million); and ABC’s "The Middle" (1.8 million), according to the story.
Aside from the PBS show, the other broadcast programs were all repeats. But they were impacted more by the Super Bowl than "Downton Abbey," which slid about 10% from its average, the piece adds.