Seattle fans of the PBS show Downton Abbey are pushing it to ever higher ratings.

The show is so popular in the Seattle area, KCTS is consistently the No. 1 or No. 2 PBS station in the country for Abbey ratings. Last Sunday's two-hour episode was second only to the Grammy Awards in the Seattle market.

The brother of Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern lives in Seattle, and he understands the show's appeal.

I think it really appeals to a lot of people on a lot of different levels. It's a period piece of course, and people love to see the costumes and they love to hear the accents and so on, but it's modern enough that people can really relate to what's going on, said Monty McGovern.

Ratings on KCTS for Downton Abbey this year are more than 50 percent higher than last season.

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