PBS Chief on 'Downton Abbey' Delay: If It's Not Broke, Don't Fix It

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Again addressing the smash hit airing stateside several months after its U.K. premiere, Paula Kerger says it has been beneficial to ratings -- while admitting she's less certain about imports "Sherlock" and "Call the Midwife" -- and talks about moving into American originals.

As Downton Abbey continues to grow its U.S. audience, the British drama's earlier U.K. air dates continue to be a point of debate for its rabid fan base and its American broadcaster. But PBS president and ceo Paula Kerger told reporters at Tuesday's Television Critics Association press tour that the current model of airing Julian Fellowes' Emmy darling on a three-month delay will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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