Downton Abbey Smashes TV Records In The USA

19 March 2013
WENN / pbs / Splash News
WENN / pbs / Splash News

Downton Abbey has broken records in the USA with its series three finale, beating all broadcast and cable competition to become the highest-rated show on American television that evening.

Although that doesn't mean fans were any happier about seeing the demise of Matthew Crawley!

Downton Abbey Smashes TV Records In The USA
Downton Abbey Smashes TV Records In The USA

American viewers were left rocked by the demise of Downton's Matthew Crawley (WENN / PBS)

The series three finale pulled in a whopping 2.3 million viewers, with the entire third series averaging 11.5 million viewers. And it comes as no surprise that Julian Fellowes' spectacular period drama has become the highest-rating TV drama in PBS's history with 24 million viewers overall.

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger revealed how pleased both she, and the network, were with the show's success:

“We’re thrilled with how many people have fallen in love with [the show]. Downton Abbey has introduced so many viewers to the world of public television, and anchored a very strong Sunday night drama lineup on PBS stations. ”

"Beyond our airwaves, millions more are finding ‘Downton Abbey’ online, and sharing their excitement and enthusiasm on social media."

She wasn't wrong about that! Twitter exploded with fans commenting on the shocking death of Matthew Crawley shortly after the birth of his first child with Lady Mary - and, once again, fans seemed distrasught by Julian Fellowes' tragic ending to the series:

@Rythemovieguy: "Wouldn't have happened if Branson was driving. #Downton #downtonabbey"

@TheCheeseBreak: "Right, it was just a nap. Many people sleep with there eyes open. I am still in denial."

@JenHatmaker: "Watching #Downton with 2 of my besties tonight. We have chocolate cupcakes and wine. And we've agreed to hold hands. We're ready."

We can't wait to see what the fourth series of Downton Abbey has in store for us later this year...

PHOTOS: Downton Abbey Cast Look Sombre As They Film Matthew Crawley's Funeral

Russell Brand: 'Katy Perry Marriage Was Shaky From The Start'
'I Don't Think It Will Last': Homeland's Damian Lewis Says Carrie And Brody Are Over
Bradley Cooper's Rumoured Girlfriend Suki Waterhouse 'Skips Britain To Stay With Actor In US'

What to read next

Single and over 45?

There are thousands of singles online now! Find your next date here. Click to browse profiles and pics for free!

You'll regret not looking at these free samples!

Sign up now for freebies so good you will feel guilty not paying for them! No credit card or purchase necessary. It's simple.

Mortgage rates fall to new low- 3.11% APR

$250,000 for $972/month. No points. Get multiple mortgage offers in minutes. Can't hurt to look. It's free. (3.11% APR 5/1 ARM).

The Amex Platinum Card®

40,000 Points Offer & Transform Your Travel Experience. Apply Now!

Navy Seal Flashlight Should Be Banned From Public?

Controversial classified military technology has just been released to the public. Get this flashlight before it's banned or runs out -limited supply!