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"Downton Abbey" Reaches Ratings High with Season Finale

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The ratings for the season finale of Downton Abbey weren't shabby.

The third-season finale, which aired Sunday night on PBS, was seen by 8.2 million viewers, according to Variety.  It's the largest U.S. audience to date for the British drama, and a sizable increase from the 5.4 million who watched the second-season finale last February.

The latest season culminated with a shocking ending that we won't spoil for you, in case you're a fan who isn't caught up yet.

A fourth season of Downton Abbey is planned.

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