02/23/2012 01:41 pm ET

'Downton Abbey' Season 2 Finale Scores Highest PBS Ratings In Years

While it may not have been the Granthams strongest season, the Season 2 finale of "Downton Abbey" earned PBS its highest overnight ratings since 2009's "Ken Burns National Parks," as 5.4 million people tuned in to find out whether star-crossed lovers Mary and Matthew would actually end up together.

"Downton's" ratings were up 25 percent from its first season, doubling the average PBS viewership. The period drama is also reaching a much younger audience than the usual PBS Masterpiece crowd, with female viewers in the 18-34 demo up a staggering 251 percent.

Mighty good show, "Downton!"


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