PBS reveals who's really watching '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"?
-- 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