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PBS reveals who's really watching 'Downton Abbey'

March 28, 2012 |  6:59 pm

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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