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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6 Finale Hits 2-Year Ratings High in UK

Series will return for a Christmas special before shuttering forever

“Downton Abbey” hit a proper two-year ratings high in the United Kingdom with ITV’s airing of the series finale after six seasons.

The final regular episode of the British upstairs/downstairs drama snagged more than 8.8 million viewers, which was half a million more audience members than Season 5’s final episode received, according to an ITV rep’s tweet. It also had a massive 39 share, and total eyeballs reached 9.5 million viewers at one point.

Naturally, the season said goodbye with a time-slot victory. The heralded series will return once more for its customary Christmas special before the closing the doors forever. That is, of course, unless a movie follows — which is definitely a potential scenario.

During August’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, executive producer Gareth Neame told reporters they “might” do a film.

“There are no firms plans about that at all,” he said, but added later: “I think a ‘Downton’ movie could be a wonderful thing.”

PBS Masterpiece will begin airing the final season of “Downton Abbey” stateside on Jan. 3. 

The two-year-high ratings claim was pointed out by Broadcast Magazine.

Here is the ITV rep’s tweet: