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.



Comments (8)

  • Any numbers for the Sherlock finale or New Girl/Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s special episodes?

    Comment by Samantha – February 3, 2014 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, they posted the After Bowl shows numbers earlier today.

      NG – 26 million
      B99 – 15 million

      Comment by David4 – February 3, 2014 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or the number of streams that Crackle got for the full 7 minute version of the George Constanza: The Over-Cheer” episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee?

      “This is a 1976 American Motors Pacer: a total disaster from initial concept to final execution. . . . I love this car for three reasons: it doesn’t work, looks ridiculous, and falls apart, which makes it the perfect car for my guest today, Mr George Costanza.”

      Comment by Marc – February 3, 2014 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “…placing second in the 9pm ET hour to the Seattle-San Francisco game…”

    Seattle played Denver in the Super Bowl. They played SF two weeks ago in the NFC championship game.

    Comment by Marie – February 3, 2014 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Correction on the teams: should be Seattle and Denver, not San Francisco.
    After that game last night, Downton was definitely on my TV at 9 pm and Sherlock at 9:55 pm (why PBS kept saying 9:58 pm and always started 3-4 minutes before, I still don’t get).

    Comment by Ali – February 3, 2014 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My PBS station said 9:58, too, but didn’t start until 10:00 PM.

      Comment by Bob Johnson – February 3, 2014 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • By 9:00 PM EST, the game was well decided, so TV channel flippers flipped.

    Comment by Bob Johnson – February 3, 2014 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sherlock got 3 Million views. That’s not bad for Superbowl Sunday.

    Comment by desertpoet1 – February 3, 2014 10:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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