'Downton Abbey' gets viewers, if not fan approval

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 21:45 hrs

The season-ending episode of "Downton Abbey" was a ratings success for PBS, if not a fan favorite.

The public television network disappointed many fans by killing off a popular character to end the third season on Sunday. The Nielsen company said 8.2 million people saw it.

The show's third season is the most-watched series on PBS since Ken Burns' epic "The Civil War," which first aired in 1990.

CBS had 15 of the 20 most popular shows on the air last week, led by "The Big Bang Theory." But CBS also had a rare misstep, firing "The Job" after only two episodes appeared on the air.

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