'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Renewal Has Fans Applauding

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 12:13 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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While fans in the United States are still waiting to see Season 4 of "Downton Abbey," the series announced that there will be a fifth season.

The show made the announcement on its Twitter account Sunday, as the show wrapped up Season 4 on the British airwaves.

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"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," said Gareth Neame, managing director of Carnival Films, on Sunday in an ITV news release. Carnival, which is part of NBCUniversal, produces "Downton Abbey." 

"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," Neame continued.

The show continued its wildly popular run in England this past season. Entertainment Weekly said Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" will begin on PBS on Jan. 5. The season averaged 9.5 million viewers in the United Kingdom in September, Entertainment Weekly reported

The show's season finale Sunday averaged 9.8 million, or 40 percent of the all people watching television in Britain on Sunday at that time. This season's drama had engrossed as many as 11.8 million viewers before the finale.

"We are enormously happy to have Downton Abbey on ITV and we are delighted to be announcing this new series," Steve November, ITV's drama commissioning director, stated in Sunday's news release. "With Julian writing and Gareth and Liz producing we know it will be as warm, witty, romantic and dramatic as previous series and we can't wait to catch up with our favorite characters again."

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