Cheers! ‘Downton Abbey’ Will Be Back For A Sixth Season!

Rob James-Collier as Thomas on 'Downton Abbey' (PBS)

We haven’t even gotten Season 5 yet here in the U.S. but as the fifth season of “Downton Abbey” wraps its run in the United Kingdom, word came down that the popular series has been renewed for a sixth season.

From today's press release from PBS, ""Downton Abbey," the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama that has become an international hit, will return to 'Masterpiece' on PBS for a sixth season. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece co-production, "Downton Abbey" Season 5 completes its run in the U.K. on Sunday, November 9th. Season 5 will premiere on "Masterpiece" on PBS on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

“Masterpiece” Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton says, “”Good news! Just as our audience settles in for the beloved Crawley family drama, we can announce that Season 6 will arrive a year later. How lucky can you get?”” The sixth season will go into production in 2015 and will be written by Julian Fellowes.

Carnival’s Managing Director Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of "Downton Abbey," said, "“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. This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters."”

Viewership and social media stats have soared since "Downton Abbey" launched in January 2011. Season 4 drew an average audience of 13.2 million viewers, making it the top PBS drama of all time and one of the highest-rated dramas now on American television.

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