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DOWNTON ABBEY Plans Third Season in January

September 10, 2012

The first season of DOWNTON ABBEY, the highly rated MASTERPIECE series on PBS, will return to Milwaukee Public Television Thursday, Sept. 20, on MPTV HD 36.1 at 8 p.m. The third season of the series will premiere in January.

Downton Abbey is the fictional Yorkshire country house of the Crawleys, a titled English family. The series follows the lives of the family members and their servants beginning in 1912. It has earned several Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series.

Season two of the series drew 6.3 million viewers for its first episode, making it the highest rated Masterpiece episode in 17 years. The MPTV premiere of DOWNTON ABBEY'S second-season finale earned a 4.9 rating, the highest in the series' history locally.

A one-minute preview of season three as well as other information on DOWNTON ABBEY is available at