Having long been viewed as TV’s version of the Dowager Countess, PBS appears to relish being the belle of the ball.
Speaking at the TV Critics Assn. tour, PBS President-CEO Paula Kerger touted the pubcaster’s overall ratings gains Monday, stressing they couldn’t be attributed solely to “Downton Abbey,” a rare ratings blockbuster for public television. Kerger also said the network opted to run “Sherlock” — the series of Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Benedict Cumberbatch — closer to its airing in the U.K. seeking to satisfy fans who were anxious to see it.
Kerger said PBS had looked at various considerations about moving “Downton Abbey” closer to its airing in the U.K., but that viewers had become accustomed to tuning in for the show in January. She added that a fall premiere would put the show in the teeth of the major networks’ new-series introductions, although there are virtually as many…
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