Today in showbusiness news: The UK is totally bonkers for Downton Abbey, America is not at all into 666 Park Avenue, and CBS hopes everyone will like Elementary.
Hit period soap Downton Abbey wrapped up its third season across the pond last night, and boy was it a big. Averaging nearly 10 million viewers (for a nearly 40 percent share), Abbey's third season was its most popular one yet. And there's a 2-hour Christmas special yet to air, plus, y'know, the American run on PBS in January. So chances are this will be an overall gigundo season for the canny little hit, which has defied lots of expectations and basically turned PBS into a viable television network. (Well, until Mitt Romney turns the lights off and sends everyone to the salt mines.) We decided not to watch this season until it airs in the U.S., but given these numbers we're guessing that some big crazy things happened. Shirley MacLaine seduces a young valet! Thomas joins a drag queen musical revue! Elizabeth McGovern figures out what to do with her accent! Lord only knows what surprises await us Yanks, but if the Brits liked it, you'd better believe that a few annoying coastal Americans who work in media will love it. As for a fourth season, well it's probably guaranteed with these kinds of numbers, but lots of cast members have expressed interest in moving on, so who knows what might happen. So long as they don't get rid of Thomas, we'll be fine. [Deadline]
On the other end of the ratings spectrum, ABC's high-profile dud 666 Park Avenue continued its ratings slide last night, sputtering in at 10pm with 4.1 million viewers (and a 1.4 rating). That's a 6 million-viewer drop from 8pm's Once Upon a Time and a three-million drop from 9pm's Revenge. That doesn't bode well for the show's future, which ABC ought to be deciding very soon. Ah well. Having seen every episode for some bizarre reason, I can say there were glimmers of something cool and mysterious and maybe even a little spooky somewhere around episode two or three, but since then it's gotten incredibly stupid incredibly fast. So, adios, most likely, little show. May some of your way-too-good-for-this cast members find better work soon. [Entertainment Weekly]