‘Downton Abbey’ Ending After Season 6

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NBCUniversal-owned Carnival Films, the producer of Downton Abbey, today announce that Season 6 will be the final season of the worldwide hit TV drama.

The news isn’t entirely surprising, given that last January NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt told TV critics his network’s long-gestating Julian Fellowes’ period drama The Gilded Age was moving forward.

Today will, however, be marked as a black day for PBS, given that Downton single-handedly put its Masterpiece franchise back on the map and in the black.

Today’s announcement was made by Carnival in partnership with ITV; Downton Abbey is the highest rating UK drama of the past decade across any channel, with an average of 11 million viewers over the course of the five series, including Christmas specials.

The success of Fellowes’ drama, in which he took a classic old-fashioned format and layered it with ER-like pacing and West Wing’s multiple storylines, created a push-pull…

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