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It’s been more than a month since American fans of Downton Abbey bid their adieus to the show. And while the Season 4 finale aired in the U.S. back on February 23, only now are we hearing the final results of the season as a whole. So how’d Downton do?


Bloody brilliant! No surprise here: Season 4 was the highest-rated in the series’ history, averaging 13.2 million total viewers in the U.S., reports the Los Angeles Times. That’s up a whopping 15 percent compared to Season 3, even though that installment included the tragic deaths of two major characters and the arrival of Mary and Matthew Crawley’s long awaited son.

The series was renewed for a fifth U.K. season back in November; that latest round actually started filming last month. Although we haven’t heard anything definite yet, we presume Season 5 will premiere on American airwaves in January 2015, an annual tradition we highly doubt PBS wants to see go by the wayside anytime soon. Downton, after all, set a ratings record for PBS this year.

Are you surprised by the news? Can’t believe Season 4 beat out Season 3? Dish on all things Downton in the comments below. It’ll make the wait for Season 5 go by more quickly! That and our spoiler roundup.

Source: Los Angeles Times


Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!