Masterpiece on PBS has confirmed that Downton Abbey has been renewed for a sixth season.
Season 5 of the popular British period piece is currently underway in the UK and will begin airing in North America on January 4, 2015.
“We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show,” Executive Producer, Gareth Neame, remarked in a statement. “This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters.”
Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, shared Neame’s sentiments, saying, “At its heart, television is about storytelling, and Downton Abbey is certainly storytelling at its finest. Downton Abbey and the Crawley family have kept us on the edge of our seats as they navigate through some of the biggest moments of the 20th century. Along with our member stations, PBS can’t wait to share the next season of Downton drama with our audiences.”
Season 4 of Downton Abbey averaged 13.2 million viewers per episode on PBS, which made it the top drama of all-time for the channel.
Are you excited for a sixth season of “Downton Abbey”?