It is with great sadness that I write this blog. The end of an era is upon us, Downton Abbey will end after season 6. Sad faces all around ;-(
To give you an idea of the effect this show has had on mid-Michigan, Downton Abbey season 5, received an 8.78 rating in the Lansing DMA with 22,000 households watching and over 41,000 people watching through our entire viewing area. Quite unheard of for a PBS show. To give you a bit of perspective, NBC's The Voice received a 7.2 rating and 60 Minutes received an 8.7 rating.
As the show was popular, corporate support for the show was equally popular. We were sold out of sponsors for season 5, and first right of refusal will be given to those supporters. If you would like to support season 6, please let me know and I can add you to the wait list.
So while the news is sad, we do have one more season to look forward to. My prediction for the final episode. Mr. Carson & Mrs. Hughes will get married, at Downton, on the main floor with a party intermingling upstairs and downstairs. You heard it here first folks!