'Downton Abbey' holds up against Super Bowl

On a night dominated by the Super Bowl, Downton Abbey still managed to draw an impressive crowd on Sunday.

Roughly 6.6 million viewers tuned into the episode that had Robert (Hugh Bonneville) still in the doghouse with Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Overall, the average audience for season three’s first five episodes is 72% higher than the first five episodes of season two, according to Nielsen ratings.

The season premiere on Jan. 7 averaged 11.1 million viewers, which made it the most-watched PBS drama of all time. Many fans have flocked to the internet to catch old episodes: there were more than 6.3 million streams of all Downton Abbey content on PBS video platforms, 35% higher than January 2012.

The third season of the Emmy-winning period drama wraps Feb. 17.

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