Press Release

                                 

“Downton Abbey, Season 4” Finishes Strong
on MASTERPIECE with 8.5 Million Viewers

– 5.4 Fast National Household Rating for February 23 Finale –

ARLINGTON, VA; February 24, 2014 -- PBS and WGBH announced today that the February 23 finale of “Downton Abbey, Season 4” on MASTERPIECE captured an average audience of 8.5 million viewers. (Nielsen Fast National data, 5.4 household rating.) This is an increase over the 5.2 Fast National rating — and average audience of 8.2 million viewers — earned for the Season 3 finale in February 2013.

The eight-week run averaged a 5.1 Fast National household rating and 8.3 million viewers (Nielsen Fast National, Live+SD data).

“Our 'Downton' audience has stayed true to the end, watching the fourth season in record numbers,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “We are grateful to Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE for another must-see year of dramatic twists and turns — and are eagerly awaiting Season 5.”

"Downton Abbey" executive producer Gareth Neame said: “We are absolutely thrilled that US audiences have again followed 'Downton' so loyally throughout Season 4. The series launched with record ratings and continued to perform incredibly strongly throughout the run, and for a British drama to continue to add millions of viewers is truly wonderful for us all, both behind and in front of the camera.”

“We are so pleased with the passionate support US audiences have shown Downton Abbey throughout this season," said MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “I know that Season 5 will meet the high expectations of the show’s millions of loyal fans.”

Downton Abbey, Season 4” continues to gain impressive online streaming numbers. Across all PBS online platforms in the month of January, there were more than 7.1 million streams of all content, and more than 4.4 million streams of full-length episodes.

Downton Abbey, Season 4” is available for free streaming on PBS station websites, the PBS Video Portal and PBS’ apps on Xbox, Roku and Apple TV for a limited time after each national broadcast.

Final, Live+7 ratings for the season finale will be available in the coming weeks. 

Downton Abbey” is a co-production of Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE. Carnival Films is the UK’s largest drama specialist and a division of NBCUniversal International Television Production.

About MASTERPIECE
MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE. Funding for the series is provided by Viking Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.

About Carnival Films
Carnival Films is a division of NBCUniversal International Television Production and the UK’s largest drama specialist, responsible for global TV sensation Downton Abbey, winner of two Golden Globes and ten Primetime Emmy Awards, and the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmys with a total of 39 nominations. Founded in 1978, Carnival has produced over 500 hours of popular drama including acclaimed mini-series Traffik, Dracula, Poirot, The Hollow Crown, David Hare’s political thriller Page Eight, BAFTA award winning Any Human Heart, Whitechapel and Hotel Babylon. Downton Abbey is executive produced by Carnival’s Managing Director, Gareth Neame. In 2011, Carnival was recognized as Best UK Production Company at the Bulldog Awards and named Best Production Company at the 2012 Broadcast Awards.

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About WGBH
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Olivia Wong, WGBH, 617-300-5349, olivia_wong@wgbh.org
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