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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:19 PM

Official Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 1 Thread!

Go at it...I really enjoyed the first episode!



Ratings Swell for First Episode...

The producers of the PBS series “Masterpiece” had an office pool going to guess the premiere ratings for Season 3 of “Downton Abbey,” the British period drama that has improbably become one of America’s most-buzzed-about shows.

Shirley MacLaine, as the mother of the mistress of Downton Abbey, is greeted upon arriving from America for a wedding.
Five million viewers, surpassing the Season 2 premiere? Maybe six million, even more than the Season 2 finale? Did anyone dare bet seven million?

No. Nobody did. Sunday’s premiere, though, attracted at least 7.9 million viewers, exceeding everyone’s estimation — and catapulting PBS above commercial broadcasters like ABC and NBC, at least for a night.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/arts/television/downton-abbey-audience-swells-for-seasons-first-episode.html?_r=0

“Not since the premiere of 1992’s ‘Civil War’ have we seen numbers like this,” Craig Reed of TRAC Media Services, a consultant for public television stations, said.

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Reply Official Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 1 Thread! (Original post)
joeybee12 Jan 2013 OP
Ilsa Jan 2013 #1
romana Jan 2013 #2
Silver Gaia Jan 2013 #3
greatauntoftriplets Jan 2013 #4
joeybee12 Jan 2013 #5
greatauntoftriplets Jan 2013 #6
joeybee12 Jan 2013 #7
greatauntoftriplets Jan 2013 #8
joeybee12 Jan 2013 #9
greatauntoftriplets Jan 2013 #10
romana Jan 2013 #11
joeybee12 Jan 2013 #12
romana Jan 2013 #13
Jack Sprat Jan 2013 #14

Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:41 PM

1. I was so happy to see Matthew and Mary married.

I was afraid it wasn't going to happen.

I wonder how long the estate will be broke before it is rescued? I wonder if Edith's fiancé, Sir Dullness, will bail them out?

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:46 PM

2. That

That's my guess.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:06 AM

3. Oh! Yeah, that's a good thought, Ilsa!

Daddy might look upon him in a whole new light if that were to become a possibility.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:49 PM

4. During a longish wait in a doctor's office today...

an older woman asked if I had seen Sunday night's episode. I had, but she had been out. The upshot is that she asked me to tell her what happened, so I did.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:21 PM

5. I never want to know! I want to see it myself!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:35 PM

6. She REALLY wanted to know!

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:58 PM

7. Oh well...it's best you didn't make her suffer!

I made the mistake to find out anything about the 2012 Christmas special and I think I found some plot points I'd rather not have known about.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:00 PM

8. Yeah, she was very happy to know.

I also think she was a nun and after 12 years of Catholic education years ago, it still is hard to say "no" to a nun.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:08 PM

9. I know what you meant...Catholic schools myself...

They'll always have a hold over you!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:34 PM

10. Isn't that the truth?



Actually, this was a very nice group. Three women escorting a fourth to the doctor. Nuns travel in packs!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:14 PM

11. Third season

Just finished the third season last night. Will follow the discussion here, but will not spoil.

Fourth season should be interesting.

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Response to romana (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:16 PM

12. Thanks for not spoiling...

It would be easy to find out stuff via google since it already ended in the UK

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:33 PM

13. No problem

I went in unspoiled until the very end, and yeah, if people want to know, it's easy enough to find out.

I enjoyed the season quite a lot; it has lost absolutely none of its charm.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:21 AM

14. Best entertainment on TV, imo.

 

I am on edge seeing each drama unfold as it shifts from one scene to the next. I watch the episode again more relaxed knowing what transpired. I can't wait until the next episode. It's been a long, long time since I have felt like that over a television series. Maybe never.

I recall looking forward to each week's Quinn Martin production of the original "Fugitive" series as a teen in the 60s, but it didn't match the anticipation I have for Downton Abbey these many years later. This is tops. Great to see Mary and Matthew tie the knot. Really it was a relief. It almost looked like it was going to fall apart again on the eve of the wedding.

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