The ratings are in for the Season 3 finale of “Downton Abbey” and it’s good news for PBS. The finale, which aired as a Christmas Day special episode in the U.K., earned an average of 8.2 million viewers and a 5.2 household rating.
That’s up 50% over the Season 2 finale a year ago, which drew 5.4 million viewers and a 3.5 household rating. The finale is also up 300,000 viewers from the Season 3 premiere, which earned 7.9 million viewers and a 5.1 household rating.
By contrast, the Season 3 finale in Britain was watched by 6.8 million viewers, which was down over a million viewers from the U.K. airing of the Season 2 finale.
So, maybe interest in “Downton” wanes slightly in the U.K., but not in the U.S. Also, these ratings do not include station replays, DVRs or online streaming.