'Downton Abbey' Season 4 premiere ratings are highest ever for a PBS drama premiere

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downton-abbey-season-4-cast.jpg "Downton Abbey" returned in a big way for PBS. Sunday's (Jan. 5) two-hour Season 4 premiere earning 10.2 million viewers, which is the highest-rated drama premiere in PBS history.

The premiere was up 2.3 million viewers from the Season 3 premiere a year ago and between the hours of 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, PBS tied with CBS as the most-watched network. It was also up 2 million viewers over the Season 3 finale.

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

"Downton Abbey" airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
Photo/Video credit: PBS