19 February 2013 2:54 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Downton Abbey might be down one heir, but they are up a few million audience members.

The season 3 finale drew 8.2. million viewers, which bests the season 2 finale ratings of 5.4 million, and is slightly larger than the 7.9 million who tuned into the season 3 premiere.

According to PBS, season 3 beat the average season 2 ratings by 66 percent, and regularly quadrupled the network’s average primetime viewership.

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