Downton Abbey season finale nets 8.2 million viewers

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The third-season finale of Downton Abbey drew 8.2 million viewers for its Feb. 17 PBS broadcast, the network and WGBH announced Feb. 19.

The numbers come from Nielsen and gave the episode a 5.2 household rating. The episode came in with 50 percent more viewers than the season two finale in 2012 and also drew 300,000 more fans than this year’s season premiere. Nearly 80,000 tweets were sent about the show on the night it aired, according to SocialGuide.

Overall, this season of the smash-hit program enjoyed more than quadruple the average PBS primetime ratings.

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