PRESS TOUR: PBS updates on 'Sherlock,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Bletchley Circle,' 'Call the Midwife'

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 05:00 PM Written by 

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Paula KergerBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff have been named co-anchors and managing editors of “PBS NewsHour,” anchoring together Monday through Thursday. Ms. Woodruff will anchor solo on Friday while Ms. Ifill hosts PBS’s “Washington Week.” “PBS NewsHour” hasn’t had a named anchor since 2009.

“Coming Back with Wes Moore,” airing in May 2014, will explore the personal stories of U.S. military veterans returning home from combat zones.

“Downton Abbey” returns for a new season on Jan. 5. New seasons of “Sherlock,” “Mr. Selfridge,” “The Bletchley Circle” and “Call the Midwife” will also be back in 2014.

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An airdate for “Sherlock” has not been set; “Downton” will continue to air in the U.S. a few months after it airs in England. Given the increasing ratings for “Downton” on PBS, this is no surprise since the delayed broadcast hasn’t hurt the show’s popularity even if it rankles some American “Downton” fans.

Interest in “Downton” has had a halo effect on PBS with its ratings up while other broadcast network ratings decline. PBS president Paula Kerger, pictured above, said the network’s prime-time ratings are up 5 percent year-to-year with a 26 percent rise on Sunday. Wednesday ratings rose 17 percent over two years. And while “Downton” obviously helped, Ms. Kerger emphasized it wasn’t the only factor.

“Obviously eight hours of programming is not going to change our ratings for a year,” Kerger said.

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