Ratings: Downton Abbey Scores Big With No. 2 Finish Behind Super Bowl XLVIII

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For the third consecutive year, PBS’ Downton Abbey proved the ultimate piece of Super Bowl counter-programming, placing second in the 9pm ET hour to the Seattle-San Francisco Denver game while averaging 6.8 million viewers, up three percent versus its showing against the Super Bowl in 2013.

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Sure, that’s not exactly the 111.5 million (!!!) averaged by Super Bowl XLVIII, but on the flip side, the pace of PBS’ upstairs-downstairs sudser was arguably zippier.