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Downton Abbey Will Carry On

A fifth season of the award winning drama is on the way.

Downton Abbey,” the Emmy® and Golden Globe® 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.

Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of “Downton Abbey” and Managing Director of Carnival Films, said, “Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to Downton once again this autumn and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year. We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”

“Like millions of other Downton fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “PBS is proud to be the home of this extraordinarily entertaining series, and, along with our stations, we look forward to sharing Season 5 with U.S. audiences.”

“Downton Abbey, Season 4″ will air on MASTERPIECE Sundays, January 5 through February 23 on PBS.