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Mandi Bierly
January 07, 2013 AT 09:12 PM EST

Sunday night’s season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey averaged 7.9 million viewers, which is up 96 percent from the season 2 premiere that averaged 4.2 million viewers in January 2012. According to a ratings release from PBS, that’s quadruple the average PBS primetime rating. The February 2012 Downton Abbey finale averaged 5.4 million viewers.

PBS was the second-most watched broadcast network during the two-hour premiere, with its highest local-market ratings coming from KCTS-Seattle (9.6 rating, 17 share), WGBH-Boston (8.8/14), KLRU-Austin (8.1/13), and WNET-New York (8.0/12).

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