‘Downton Abbey’ Breaks U.K. Viewership Record

Sep 23, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"Downton Abbey" returned to British airwaves with its fourth season Sunday night, drawing a record number of viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The fourth-season premiere drew an average of 9.5 million viewers, marking the historical drama’s best-ever season debut, the piece notes.

The third-season premiere drew 9 million viewers, with fans tuning in to watch Shirley MacLaine’s character encounter Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess.

The show’s fourth season will debut in the U.S. in January.

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