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Fifth season of Downton Abbey to air on Masterpiece

As American audiences get ready for the Jan. 5 season premiere of Season 4 of Downton Abbey, PBS' Masterpiece announced that Downton Abbey will return for a fifth season.

Lady Mary and Branson with the children

Lady Mary and Branson with the children

Downton Abbey, the award-winning drama hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as “an absolute pleasure to watch,” will return to Masterpiece on PBS for a fifth season.

“As American audiences ready themselves for the January 5th premiere of Season 4, our devoted Downton fans will rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way,” says Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton. Downton Abbey Season 4 recently completed its run in the UK, where it drew 11.8 million average viewers – making it Britain’s highest-rated television drama in 2013. Earlier this year, more than 24 million viewers watched the third season of the series in the U.S., making it the most-watched drama in PBS history.
  
Downton Abbey Season 4 will air on Masterpiece Sundays, Jan. 5 through Feb. 23, on PBS.