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Highest viewership of Downton Abbey in Seattle

More Seattle residents tuned in to premier of Downton Abbey than any other city. (PBS - AP Photo/file)

The numbers are in for the Sunday night premiere of PBS's hugely popular Downton Abbey.

Preliminary ratings show it drew almost 8 million viewers - that's four times the average PBS primetime rating.

Thanks to Downton Abbey Sunday night, PBS outrated Fox, ABC, and NBC. CBS ranked #1 with The Good Wife and The Mentalist - with 10 million viewers.

There were 100,000 tweets during the premiere

As a huge fan of the show, I am happiest about this detail in the ratings - Seattle had the highest viewership in the country Sunday night - beating out Boston (#2), Austin (#3), and New York (#4).

We here in the Pacific Northwest read more books, see more movies, and watch more Downton Abbey than anybody else.

We're just too literate for our own good, and I love it.

For the uninitiated, Downton Abbey is a kind of upstairs, downstairs show about a well-off English family (with three marriageable daughters) and its extensive roster of servants - maids, and butlers and all that, in the early years of the 20th century.

It's the brainchild of writer Julian Fellows, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of Gosford Park a few years ago.

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Tom Tangney is the co-host of The Tom and Curley Show on KIRO Radio and resident enthusiast of...everything. As the film and media critic on the Morning News on KIRO Radio, he espouses his love for books, movies, TV, art, pop culture, politics, sports, and Husky football.


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