It seems silly for any show to go up against the big game on Super Bowl Sunday.

However, while a record-breaking 111.5 million tuned in to watch the biggest football game of the year, there's one show that has consistently been able to bring a large viewership — to PBS.

For the third year in a row, "Downton Abbey" has been the second highest-rated show after the Super Bowl.

The BBC series, now in its fourth season, grabbed 8.2 million viewers.

That's a huge increase from previous years. 

Last year, the show had an audience of 6.6 million. In 2012, 4 million tuned into the series.  

While 8 million may not sound like much, if you take a look at every other network that isn't FOX Super Bowl Sunday, the number is pretty significant. The only show on a competing network that comes close is CBS' NCIS.

Via TVbythenumbers:

PBS promoted "Downton Abbey" on Twitter using the hashtag #DramaBowlPBS.

10.2 million tuned in to watch the US season 4 premiere.

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