Ratings: Downton Abbey Premiere Draws Nearly 8 Million Viewers

Downton Abbey

Third time's really a charm!

The Season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey, which aired Sunday night in the United States, drew 7.9 million viewers, up a whopping 96 percent over its Season 2 premiere. The two-hour episode quadrupled PBS' average prime-time numbers.

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Will Sherlock Be Pushed Back to 2014?

Benedict Cumerbatch and Martin Freeman

Good things come to those who wait?

BBC has pushed back the production of Sherlock three months, which means fans of the series on this side of the pond may have to wait until 2014 for the third season, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Production was moved from January to March to accommodate the busy schedules of... read more

Downton Abbey Promos: The Dowager Countess' Claws Come Out for the "Dreadful" Martha

Downton Abbey

The Olympics may be over but it will be a true battle of England vs. America when Shirley MacLaine makes her debut on the upcoming season of Downton Abbey.

In two new previews for the Emmy-nominated series, MacLaine's outspoken character, Martha, mother to Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), advises the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) not to... read more

Fall TV Wish List: A Grey's Funeral, a Creek Reunion and a Glee Breakup

Ellen Pompeo

Fall TV is upon us!

Your favorite TV shows are returning in just a few short weeks — some of them with radical changes. (We're looking at you, Glee and Grey's Anatomy.) Will your favorite characters be shacking up with someone new, getting new jobs or — sniff -- dying? You'll have to check TVGuide.com in the coming weeks to get the scoop on all things fall TV!

For now, our editors have compiled a lengthy list of things we hope to see happen on TV this year. Keep in mind that these are wishes near and dear to our hearts and do not reflect any actual upcoming plots (yet!). Check it out: read more

9 Downton Abbey Spoilers: Trouble With Matthew and Mary, Lady Violet Meets Her Rival

Downton Abbey

At the Television Critics Association fall previews for the Emmy-nominated Downton Abbey, PBS screened a trailer for Season 3 to a packed room in Beverly Hills Saturday. Judging from the sneak peek, when the show returns, the Crawleys will once again endure broken hearts, social hardship and Lady Violet's clever tongue.

Here are nine spoilers from the upcoming season... read more

PBS on Firing Fred Willard: "It Would Become a Distraction"

Fred Willard

PBS' president said the network fired Fred Willard after his indecency arrest to keep the production schedule moving.

At the fall TV previews in Los Angeles, Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, said Willard's removal as the narrator of Market Warriors, the network's spin-off of Antiques Roadshow, was mostly a function of a tight schedule. "We are actually in production with that series, so at the end of the week, when it became known, we had to... read more

Criminal Minds' Joe Mantegna: Our Returning Troops Need Jobs

Joe Mantegna

Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna has a message for Americans this Memorial Day: Our veterans need jobs.

Mantegna, who will return as co-host of Monday's National Memorial Day Concert on PBS with fellow CBS star Gary Sinise, is also actively working with America Wants You!, a new initiative that encourages corporate America to hire men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Mantegna and Criminal Minds co-star Thomas Gibson have also filmed PSAs to spread the word.

Check out a list of Memorial Day Weekend TV marathons

"When you meet people who've had a lot of military training, they're America's finest," Mantegna tells TVGuide.com.... read more

Downton Abbey Studio Denies Maggie Smith Exit Rumor

Maggie Smith

Carnival Films, the studio that produces Downton Abbey, is denying a report that Dame Maggie Smith is leaving the hit PBS show after its upcoming third season.

In a statement obtained by The New York Times, the studio called the The Daily Mail report "complete nonsense." The studio added, "We never comment on future story lines but... read more

Ratings: Second to the Super Bowl? Downton Abbey!

Downton Abbey

But did Downton Abbey cover the spread? The PBS series finished second to Super Bowl XLVI among TV viewers.

The Emmy-winning program attracted 4 million viewers at 9 o'clock Sunday, outpacing reruns of CBS' CSI Miami (3.13 million), Fox's animated tandem of Family Guy (2.41 million) and American Dad! (2.29 million) and ABC's The Middle (1.76 million) as the broadcast networks virtually forfeited the night. Those were paltry numbers for those shows, while Downton Abbey wasn't off by much (its first three episode averaged 4.3 million and the fourth 4.8 million before Sunday's 4 million).

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Shirley MacLaine Joins Downton Abbey

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast of Downton Abbey, Variety reports.

The Oscar winner will play ...
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