Downton Abbey Starts Off Strong In Ratings


4.2 million people watched the season premiere of the British costume drama on Sunday, even though the second season has already aired in full in the U.K. (Earl Grantham is so proud of America right now.) Downton's two-hour debut averaged a 2.7 rating, which is double PBS’s average viewership and well up from its season-one ratings. Or, if you prefer your ratings in comparative terms, Downton's viewership is on par with Community and bigger than Mad Men. Which raises the important question: Is Matthew Crawley the new Don Draper? Self-made men, wartime heroes, devastating side smiles — there's something here. Discuss.