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PBS reveals who's really watching 'Downton Abbey'

Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, left, and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham in 'Downton Abbey'.

Who's really watching "Downton Abbey"? Believe it or not, teenage boys and long-haul truckers.

Just kidding. PBS released Nielsen data on Wednesday that revealed pretty much what you'd expect: The drama about stiff-upper-lip British aristocrats circa 1912 packed the most punch with women ages 35 to 49.

An average of 7 million total viewers tuned in to the second season, a huge 40% gain over last year.

"Downton" at least doubled PBS' typical prime-time average in all the important demographics, but among women 35 to 49, it was up 370%. For men in the same age group, the viewing was roughly doubled.

Meanwhile, the online response seems to bode well for Season 3. According to a PBS release, the second-season shows "were streamed 7.1 million times on the PBS Video Portal and the 'Masterpiece' website — nearly seven times more full-episode streams than  for 'Season 1.'" 

Will you show up for Season 3 of "Downton Abbey"?

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-- Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, left, and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham in "Downton Abbey." Credit: Nick Briggs/PBS

 
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