Downton Abbey Renewed for Series Six

Downton Abbey Series 5

ITV and Carnival Films have announced that Downton Abbey is being renewed for a sixth series.  While overnight ratings are down in series five, the premier gave its strongest showing in Live +7 ratings, second only to the series four premier, meaning people may not be watching it live but they’re enjoying it on their DVRs over the course of the week.  It’s good news for PBS, where the show eventually airs for American viewers the January following its UK airing.

There is no news yet as to which members of the cast will be returning, but speaking to The Telegraph, creator Julian Fellowes says he has already begun plotting the course of the sixth series and promises “political shenanigans” to come as the Crawleys move further into the 1920’s.  To continue working on Downton Abbey, Fellowes has had to postpone development of The Gilded Age, a series which would be about New York aristocracy in the 1880’s.  Fellowes inked a deal with NBC Universal to produce the show for American television in 2012.