Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: February 23, 2012

So I am at a gathering last Tuesday night and I’m approached nearly a dozen times by Downton Abbey viewers saying it was must see on WOSU TV and PBS.  That is always great to hear!  The British period drama concluded its second year on Sunday night with national ratings giving the Masterpiece Classic broadcast of the season finale 5.4 million viewers. Not only does that mark a nearly 30 percent increase from the 4.2-million-strong season premiere, it doesn’t even include DVR, online streaming or station replays. The finale marks PBS’ highest overnight rating in over two years, making it the strongest program for PBS since Ken BurnsNational Parks premiered in Sept., 2009.  Look for season three next year with a new American actress joining the cast – Shirley MacLaine (the American Mother of Lady Grantham).  Taping starts at the Ealing Studios in west London next month for season three. Oh, and you really can’t help but fall for Lady Mary. See this Q and A from PBS on season two of Downton Abbey below: