23 April 2012 8:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London – The BBC’s recent update of the 1970s long-running costume drama Upstairs Downstairs, co-produced here with PBS' Masterpiece in the U.S., has been chopped after two seasons. The return to the screens for the period piece failed to connect with audiences in a similar way to rival Downton Abbey, commissioned by commercial web ITV and created and written by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes. The show was revived in 2010 by the BBC with the first episode snagging a healthy 8.8 million viewers. But the final episode of the last series only coralled 5.22 million.

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