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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15:  (L-R) Writer Julian Fellowes, actors Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville pose in the press room with the Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television award for  BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: (L-R) Writer Julian Fellowes, actors Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville pose in the press room with the Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television award for 'Downtown Abbey' at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)  

‘Downton Abbey’ brings cool TV crowd to America’s PBS

Move over, “Mad Men” and Kim Kardashian. There’s a new darling in U.S. pop culture, with a much posher accent and even fancier clothes.

British World War One-era drama “Downton Abbey” and its colorful cast of countesses, cooks and kitchen maids has taken America by storm, dominating modern social media and bringing millions of new, young viewers to the often staid world of public broadcasting.

January’s second-season opener on PBS’s “Masterpiece” slot drew 4.2 million U.S. viewers — an 18 percent rise on the first season and rising to 6.3 million in replays and online views.

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