Ratings: PBS’ ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns to 9.9 Million Viewers

Variety: Nearly 10 million viewers flocked to the final-season premiere of PBS drama “Downton Abbey” on Sunday, nearly on par with prior season-openers for the pubcaster’s most popular program of all time.

The British period drama, whose final-season action picks up in 1925, averaging 9.9 million viewers for its 9 p.m. premiere on Sunday, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates compiled by PBS and WGBH Boston, the largest producer of PBS content. Last year’s season 5 premiere drew 10.1 million, and the 2014 debut of season 4 drew 10.2 million.

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