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(“Downton Abbey,” Season 6 read through. Shown from left to right: Maggie Smith (Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham) and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley). Photo credit: (C)Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE)

Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS Announce Upcoming Season 6 to Be Final Season of “Downton Abbey”

- Series Is Most-Watched Drama in PBS History -

- Season 5 Seen by 25.5 Million Viewers; Episodes Streamed More Than 12.6 Million Times -

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     Recent Announcements

(March 26,2015)
Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS Announce Upcoming Season 6 to Be Final Season of “Downton Abbey”

(March 19, 2015)
PBS KIDS' "Odd Squad Saves the World" Special Brings in Top Viewership

(March 3, 2015)
The Fred Rogers Company Announces Production of Second Season of Emmy-Winning Preschool Hit PEG + CAT for PBS KIDS

(March 2, 2015)
PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS Producers Win Six Kidscreen Awards and Two iKids Awards

(February 20, 2015)
National Survey Confirms that PBS and Member Stations Are America’s Most Trusted Institution and an “Excellent” Use of Tax Dollars for 12th Consecutive Year

(February 9, 2015)
PBS Programs Honored with Two NAACP Image Awards
 

(February 4, 2015)
Season 5 Premiere of “Downton Abbey” on MASTERPIECE Reaches Average Audience of 15.1 Million People

(February 2, 2015)
PBS Distribution Announces Theatrical Release of Stanley Nelson's "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"

(January 29, 2015)
PBS KIDS Announces Annual Writers Contest

(January 28, 2015)
Season Two of PBS' GENEALOGY ROADSHOW Receives Support From Ancestry

(January 26, 2015)
“Downton Abbey” Wins Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
 

(January 19, 2015)
PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET to Premiere First Cookie Monster Special

(January 19, 2015)
PBS KIDS Announces New Series NATURE CAT Will Premiere in Fall 2015

(January 19, 2015)
Oscar®-Nominated “Last Days in Vietnam” to be Available for Free Streaming on PBS Station Sites February 5-7, 2015
 

(January 19, 2015)
PBS Announces New Programming During Winter 2015 TCA Session 
 

(January 19, 2015)
Two New Documentaries Make Summer 2015 Debut – THE BOMB and URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL 

(January 19, 2015)
PBS Remembers the Vietnam War With Week of Special Programming
 

(January 19, 2015)
PBS Announces New American Drama Series Set in Virginia During the Civil War, The New Drama (Title TBD) Will Offer Unique Blend of Hospital Drama and Family Saga
 

(January 19, 2015)
Leading Public Service Broadcasters BBC and PBS Announce Major New Partnership

(January 15, 2015)
PBS Black History Month Programming Celebrates the Richness of African-American History and Culture  

(January 15, 2015)
Rory Kennedy's Last Days in Vietnam Receives Academy Award Nomination for Documentary Feature
 

(January 15, 2015)
PBS Appoints Jonathan Barzilay as Chief Operating Officer

(January 15, 2015)
PBS LearningMedia Now Offers 100,000 Digital Resources in its Library for Educators

(January 15, 2015)
PBS KIDS Releases First App From New Series ODD SQUAD

(January 12, 2015)
"Downton Abbey" Actress Joanne Froggatt Wins First Golden Globe
 

(January 8, 2015)
PBS KIDS Debuts New App From Hit Series PEG + CAT

(January 8, 2015)
PBS KIDS Premieres Special Downton Abbey-Inspired Episode of ARTHUR 

(January 6, 2015)
“Downton Abbey, Season 5” on MASTERPIECE Premieres to Huge Audience
 

(December 22, 2014)
Joint Statement Regarding WNET and Independent Film

(December 18, 2014)
“Downton Abbey” Fan Martha Stewart Creates a Spectacular “Gingerbread Abbey”

(December 18, 2014)
PBS KIDS to Debut One-hour “ODD SQUAD Saves the World” Special This January

(December 18, 2014)
PBS KIDS Releases THOMAS & FRIENDS App for Preschoolers

(December 11, 2014)
"Downton Abbey" Earns Two Golden Globe® Nominations

(December 10, 2014)
MASTERPIECE Receives Three SAG Award Nominations

(December 10, 2014)
PBS Programs Receive Six NAACP Image Award Nominations 

(December 10, 2014)
CPB and PBS Increase Commitment to Providing Educational Television and Digital Media Resources for Children, Parents and Educators

(December 8, 2014)
PBS Programs and Filmmakers Earn Five Awards at the 30th Annual IDA Documentary Awards

(December 5, 2014)
The Countdown to Downton is On!
 

(December 4, 2014)
PBS Heats Up Sundays With the U.K.’s Smash-Hit Competition Series THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, Sundays, Starting December 28
 

(December 4, 2014)
Family Time is Number-One as Millennial Parents get Ready for the Holiday, According to Survey from PBS KIDS

(December 3, 2014)
Calling All Educators: Apply Now for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program

Press Release Archive

    Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS PBS Mission and Values In the Media
    In the Media

    In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, PBS President Paula Kerger discusses the changing media landscape and importance of local PBS stations
    3/24/2015

    Men's Journal declares EARTH A New Wild 'a nature documentary that could actually make a difference'
    1/30/2015

    The Washington Post explains why it is 'enchanted' and 'eating up every episode' of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW
    1/30/2015

    Yahoo Tech looks at how PBS, and PBS Digital Studios, learned to thrive on YouTube
    1/14/2015

    In a Morning Joe interview, PBS President Paula Kerger talks about PBS, and its role in the marketplace
    11/24/2014

    PBS President Paula Kerger visits Market Makers to talk about PBS' evolution, and its work in digital
    11/24/2014

    A.V. Club examines why 'Sesame Street is the perfect TV show'
    11/12/2014

    Deadline explores PBS' increase in ratings for the 2013-'14 season
    10/29/2014

    BuzzFeed names MASTERPIECE's 'Death Comes to Pemberley' one of 10 fall shows to be excited about
    9/22/2014

    Los Angeles Times on SESAME STREET: 'Even decades after its debut, the show remains a powerhouse'
    9/18/2014

    Entertainment Weekly: 'Broadway fans have plenty of reasons to tune into PBS on Friday nights this fall'
    9/17/2014

    Washington Post on THE ROOSEVELTS: 'Once you finish all 14 hours, you’re sorry to see them go'
    9/12/2014

    'Last Days in Vietnam' from AMERICAN MASTERS is 'gripping from start to finish" declares A.V. Club
    9/4/2014

    New York Times calls THE ROOSEVELTS Burns's 'most ambitions and deeply moving documentary since THE CIVIL WAR'
    9/4/2014

    USC Rossier interviews PBS KIDS' Lesli Rotenberg about future of children's media
    8/26/2014

    PBS KIDS' Sara DeWitt discusses Chromecast availability
    8/20/2014

    'Losing Iraq' is 'another example of the enduring value of FRONTLINE,' writes TV Worth Watching
    7/29/2014

    Reviewing 'Freedom Summer' from AMERICAN MASTERS, New York Times declares 'it’s hard to imagine two hours better spent in front of a screen'
    6/23/2014

    A+ review from Newsday for FRONTLINE 'The United States of Secrets'
    5/12/2014

    USA Today declares PBS a 'formidable creator in the YouTube space with PBS Digital Studios'
    5/5/2014

    Baltimore Sun calls 'Muscle Shoals' from INDEPENDENT LENS 'the best documentary I've seen this year on television'
    4/21/2014

    Los Angeles Times: 'YOUR INNER FISH reminds us what smart TV really is'
    3/31/2014 4/9/2014

    BuzzFeed lists reasons why 'Call the Midwife' is 'one of the best shows on television'
    3/31/2014

    The Washington Post: 'PBS is beating its competition by focusing on strong women'
    3/28/2014

    With 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock,' Los Angeles Times declares 'PBS has become a Sunday night ratings force'
    3/26/2014

    In an Op-Ed, PBS KIDS' Lesli Rotenberg addresses school readiness and research findings
    2/28/2014

    Series creators discuss 'Peg + Cat' in a Parade Magazine interview
    1/27/2014

    PBS KIDS' Sara DeWitt shares 'How PBS KIDS Puts Play at the Center of Digital Content Development'
    12/11/2013

    The Baltimore Sun: 'Arts Thrive on PBS'
    11/23/2013

    Lesli Rotenberg, SVP of PBS Children's Media, pens Op-Ed demanding more from mobile media
    11/18/2013