Season 4 begins airing in the U.S. in January
The fourth season of “Downton Abbey” hasn't even arrived in the United States, but a fifth season is already on the way, PBS announced Sunday.
“As American audiences ready themselves for the January 5th premiere of Season 4, our devoted Downton fans will rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way,” said Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton.
The show's fourth season recently completed its run in the U.K., where it drew 11.8 million average viewers – making it Britain’s highest-rated television drama this year. More than 24 million viewers watched the third season of the series in the U.S., making it PBS's most-watched drama ever.
“Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home of this extraordinarily entertaining series, and, along with our stations, we look forward to sharing Season 5 with U.S. audiences.”
Added Gareth Neame, executive producer of “Downton Abbey” and managing director of Carnival Films: “Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to ‘Downton’ once again this autumn and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year. We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”
“Downton” will air on Masterpiece on Sundays beginning Jan. 5 through Feb. 23 on PBS.