Downton Abbey: Renewed for Season 6!

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American viewers may still need to wait nearly two months before they can watch Downton Abbey Season 5, but ITV and Carnival Films announced today that the British sensation has been renewed for Season 6.

The fifth season of this drama will wrap up in the UK on Sunday, November 8 and is scheduled to premiere on PBS in the United States on Sunday, January 4.

Season 5 Cast Photo - Downton Abbey

Said Carnival Managing Director Gareth Neame via a press release confirming the news:

"We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show. This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters."

In the U.S., Downton Abbey Season 4 garnered an average audience of 13.2 million viewers per week, making it the top PBS drama of all time and one of the highest-rated dramas now on American television.

We've included the Crowleys among television's 39 Greatest Television Families and we can't wait for Downton Abbey Season 5... and Downton Abbey Season 6, which will go into production next year.

NOTE: Need to catch up before January? Go right ahead and watch Downton Abbey online.

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