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Season 4 of Downton Abbey airs Sunday Feb 23-Season 5 a go later this year

Yes, Downton Abbey's fourth season ends this week, but, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama will return to MASTERPIECE on PBS for a fifth season.

Cast of "Downton Abbey"
Cast of "Downton Abbey"

Downton Abbey Season 4 recently completed its run in the UK, where it drew 11.8 million average viewers – making it Britain’s highest-rated television drama in 2013.

"We are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year. We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”

"Like millions of other Downton fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “PBS is proud to be the home of this extraordinarily entertaining series, and, along with our stations, we look forward to sharing Season 5 with U.S. audiences."

Written and created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production.