A record number of viewers happily returned to Downton Abbey last night.
The Season 4 premiere of everyone's favorite period drama garnered 10.2 million viewers, making it the highest-rated premiere in network history.
“As this captivating drama continues, our audiences have been eagerly awaiting this new season to see what’s next for these beloved characters,” said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. “I’m so pleased that millions of viewers have returned to Downton Abbey on their local PBS stations for what has become a post-holiday tradition.”
Added Masterpiece producer Rebecca Eaton in a statement:
“I’m delighted to see that the Crawley family’s intrigue continues to beguile our viewers. Julian Fellowes has written every word of all four seasons of ‘Downton,’ and I toss him a huge bouquet on behalf of his American fans.
Did you catch the opener? If not, you can watch Downton Abbey online right here and now!