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.