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“Downton Abbey” Finale: What’s Next for PBS?

March 2016

 

When PBS aired the Downton Abbey finale on Sunday, an average audience of 9.6 million viewers tuned in, making it the most-watched finale of the show’s six seasons.  Year after year, the show has drawn huge viewership to PBS stations and on-demand episodes at PBS.org. But the buzz that the Downton Abbey finale generated is only just beginning.

 

When PBS aired the Downton Abbey finale on Sunday, an average audience of 9.6 million viewers tuned in, making it the most-watched finale of the show’s six seasons.

Year after year, the show has drawn huge viewership to PBS stations and on-demand episodes at PBS.org. The cultural momentum the show generated around public broadcasting isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, either.

With powerhouse programs slated for 2016 and beyond, a redesigned PBS.org focused around video, and a stronger-than-ever station network, PBS is poised to continue driving audience, creating cultural impact and delivering value for sponsors.

When PBS aired the Downton Abbey finale on Sunday, an average audience of 9.6 million viewers tuned in, making it the most-watched finale of the show’s six seasons.  Year after year, the show has drawn huge viewership to PBS stations and on-demand episodes at PBS.org. But the buzz that the Downton Abbey finale generated is only just beginning.

 

Coming soon to PBS in 2016/17

Mercy Street

The Civil War drama Mercy Street, PBS’s first original American drama in more than a decade, was just green-lighted for a second season after a well-received debut. The show reached more than 5.7 million viewers in its January premiere and drew a 3.85 rating. The series’ six episodes have streamed 2 million times across PBS platform.

 

 

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife, chronicling stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End, enters its fifth season.

 

Ken Burns Documentaries 

Two Ken Burns series: the new series Jackie Robinson and a rerun of The National Parks in honor of the National Parks Service Centennial.

 

Elections 2016

Strong, balanced coverage of the election in partnership with NPR and PBS NewsHour.

When PBS aired the Downton Abbey finale on Sunday, an average audience of 9.6 million viewers tuned in, making it the most-watched finale of the show’s six seasons.  Year after year, the show has drawn huge viewership to PBS stations and on-demand episodes at PBS.org. But the buzz that the Downton Abbey finale generated is only just beginning.

 

Hamilton’s America

Hamilton’s America, a Great Performances documentary behind the scenes of the hit Broadway musical.

When PBS aired the Downton Abbey finale on Sunday, an average audience of 9.6 million viewers tuned in, making it the most-watched finale of the show’s six seasons.  Year after year, the show has drawn huge viewership to PBS stations and on-demand episodes at PBS.org. But the buzz that the Downton Abbey finale generated is only just beginning.

 

16 for ’16

16 for ’16 is a multi-part documentary highlighting the presidential campaigns that shaped history.

When PBS aired the Downton Abbey finale on Sunday, an average audience of 9.6 million viewers tuned in, making it the most-watched finale of the show’s six seasons.  Year after year, the show has drawn huge viewership to PBS stations and on-demand episodes at PBS.org. But the buzz that the Downton Abbey finale generated is only just beginning.

 

A Year in Space

Follow astronaut Scott Kelly and his identical twin Mark in A Year in Spacethe story of what it takes, mentally and physically, to spend a year in space. 

 

On air and online, public television offers a diversity of options for every campaign goal and delivers a growing audience that is not only loyal to PBS but also the brands that support it.

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The Downton Abbey finale is far from the end of compelling, award-winning programming at PBS. Align with the most trusted network in America and deliver your message in an environment of unrivaled credibility and excellence on a network watched by 86% of all U.S. TV households. Learn more about upcoming PBS programming, and opportunities on PBS.org

 

Missed the Downton Abbey finale?

Don’t fret. Catch full episodes online on PBS Video

 

 

Sources: Nielsen Fast National data, 6.1 household rating. Nielsen Live + 7 3-4. 5 Google Analytics, 6-month average, July ‘15 – Dec ‘15; PBS Food site growth Jan-Jun 2015 vs. Jan-Jun 2014. *OTT and PBS Video streams do not include PBS KIDS. Nielsen NPower Reach & Frequency Analysis, January 2015, 6-minute qualifier. Session length and Individual viewership for persons 2+