"Downton Abbey" returned on Sunday night and did its best ratings ever in Utah.
Based on the early returns, the two-hour "Masterpiece Classic" presentation averaged a 5.6 rating, beating two of the four commercial broadcast networks in the Salt Lake television market. And that number is more than double the 2.5 rating the Season 2 finale pulled locally. (A rating point represents 1 percent of the homes in the Salt Lake market, which includes all of Utah and parts of Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada.)
The comparisons are rather astonishing. "Masterpiece Classic" averages a 1.5 rating on KUED; the Season 3 premiere of "Downton Abbey" was 373 percent of that.