BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Sunday's season four premiere of “Downton Abbey”broke the ratings record of PBS that was set in season three, with a record 10.2 million viewers for its two-hour return, according to Nielsen data.
The episode improved over 20 percent over its third season average and 29 percent from its last season premiere. That was two million more viewers than those who watched its third season finale, to rank as the highest rated drama debut in PBS history.
In fact, PBS has received several criticism for its decision to postpone the episodes in the States. In spite of that, they believe the high ratings two seasons in a row speak themselves that their scheduling strategy is a wise one.
"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." Paula Kerger, the chief executive of PBS said on Monday.