Downton Abbey, the Emmy® and Golden Globe®
award-winning drama that has become an international hit, will return to MASTERPIECE
on PBS for a sixth season.
A Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE co-production, Downton Abbey, Season 5 completes its
run in the UK on Sunday, November 9th. Season 5 will premiere on MASTERPIECE on
PBS on Sunday, January 4, 2015.
MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton says, “Good news! Just as our
audience settles in for the beloved Crawley family drama, we can announce that Season 6
will arrive a year later. How lucky can you get?”
The sixth season will go into production in 2015 and will be written by Julian Fellowes.
Carnival’s Managing Director Gareth Neame, Executive Producer 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.”
Viewership and social media stats have soared since Downton Abbey launched in January
2011. Season 4 drew an average audience of 13.2 million viewers, making it the top PBS
drama of all time and one of the highest-rated dramas now on American television.
“At its heart, television is about storytelling, and Downton Abbey is certainly storytelling at
Downton Abbey and the Crawley family have kept us on the edge of our seats as
they navigate through some of the biggest moments of the 20th century,” said Paula Kerger,
PBS President and CEO. “Along with our member stations, PBS can’t wait to share the next
season of Downton drama with our audiences.”
Downton Abbey is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production written and created by Julian Fellowes. The series is Executive Produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes,
Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Rebecca Eaton is the Executive Producer for
MASTERPIECE. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Funding for the
series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional
support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust.