'Downton Abbey' Ratings: Season 3 Premieres To 7.9 Million Viewers

01/07/2013 04:39 pm ET

The "Downton Abbey" ratings are in and they're spectacular.

According to PBS, 7.9 million people watched the lords and ladies of "Downton Abbey" deal with their money woes. The number is quadruple the average PBS primetime rating, and up significantly from the "Downton" Season 2 finale, which scored 5.4 million viewers.

“Downton Abbey' continues to enthrall audiences nationwide, and this season is especially riveting with the addition of Shirley MacLaine to the cast and the lively interaction between her and Maggie Smith,” PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger said in a statement. “I'm so pleased that audiences have returned to 'Downton Abbey' on their local stations to continue to enjoy some of the best drama on television."

Take a look at what some viewers had to say about the return of "Downton Abbey" below and read HuffPost TV's review of the new season here.

"Downton Abbey" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.

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