Downton Abbey, 401 - Laura Carmichael and Charles Edwards
Downton Abbey, 401 - Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Gregson (Charles Edwards) ©2013 Carnival Films

The Two-Hour Premiere of Downton Abbey Season 4 in PBS’s Masterpiece slot has become the Highest Rated Drama Premiere in it’s History! There were 10.2 million viewers that tuned in for the Season 4 Premiere.

Online the excitement has been building for Downton Abbey Season 4 over the past several months while the US viewers eagerly awaited the airing which was many months after the UK’s transmissions.

The premiere of Downton Abbey Season 4 pleasingly seems to have enchanted viewers nationwide as the Crawley family faced changes in the wake of last season’s shocking finale.

The improvement on the rating’s of the third season premiere of Downton Abbey was 22 percent. This increase was so much that PBS tied with CBS as the most watched network on Sunday!

PBS quotes two execs in there press release. “As this captivating drama continues, our audiences have been eagerly awaiting this new season to see what’s next for these beloved characters,” said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. “I’m so pleased that millions of viewers have returned to Downton Abbey on their local PBS stations for what has become a post-holiday tradition.”

“I’m delighted to see that the Crawley family’s intrigue continues to beguile our viewers,” said Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “Julian Fellowes has written every word of all four seasons of Downton Abbey, and I toss him a huge bouquet on behalf of his American fans.”

We leave you with some pics from that first episode of season 4. The significance of them will mean more as the season progresses…

Downton Abbey 401 – Addition Image Gallery

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online