DOWNTON ABBEY Renewed For Second Season

ITV has renewed Downton Abbey after receiving a positive response from both the audience and critics alike. The show, which is produced by Carnival Films, will return with an eight-part season in 2011.

Downton Abbey stars Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, and is written by Julian Fellowes. It debuted on September 26th with a consolidated audience of 9.2 million viewers, 32 percent share – making it the most successful new drama on any channel since Whitechapel launched on ITV1 in February 2009. Downton Abbey also broke the record for single-episode viewing on’s catch-up service.

“We’re delighted with the audience response to Downton Abbey and the positive critical reaction. We’re extremely proud to have commissioned a series which has clearly captivated ITV1 viewers. Consequently, we’re thrilled to be announcing the recommission of a new series for 2011 which will allow us to spend more time with the Crawley family and their servants.”

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