After the record-high ratings of the series in the last few years, both ITV and PBS made this unsurprising announcement that they will renew Downton Abbey for a fifth season. This fifth season will begin next year, and once again, Julian Fellowes will serve as lone Downton Abbey scribe, whose career has really flourished in the wake of Downton Abbey‘s success.
Executive producer Gareth Neame, in his official note, says:
“Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to Downton once again this autumn and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year. We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”
With averaged 11.8 million viewers, the fourth season is currently ranking as the top-rated drama in U.K., while it’s the most-watched series in PBS’ history. PBS’ Paula Kerger said in a press release:
“Like millions of other Downton fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family. We’re proud to be the home of this extraordinarily entertaining series and, along with our stations, we look forward to sharing Season 5 with U.S. audiences.”
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