Returning: Downton Abbey, Castle.

By David Knox on February 4, 2013 / Filed Under Programming 13

2013-02-04_1031Seven has confirmed what we suspected all along….

Downton Abbey returns from this Sunday night. Seven is playing the season much earlier than 2012 when it ran post-Easter.

Season Three begins at 8:30pm Sunday February 10th with a 90 minute premiere. It includes the debut of Shirley Maclaine as Cora’s mother.

This probably explains why ABC1 changed some of its programming so that Upstairs Downstairs wrapped last night.

Castle also returns at 10pm Sunday, picking up from Season 5 Episode 6, “The Final Frontier.”


  1. stevie g February 6, 2013 at 10:20 am -

    Even America didn’t show Downton S3 until just recently.

  2. Les Solomon February 6, 2013 at 7:59 am -

    Even though Downton will still rate well, just inagine how much better its ratings would be if Channel Seven showed it within 48 hrs of the british screenings? I know a pretty wide cross section of people and everyone I know ha seen it and not by downloading. Its easily available from amazon in the u.k. and from New Zealand-legally. there is no doubt that he days of holding back programmes to suit when networks want to show them are just about over, which is why i feel we will see a shift in ratings seasons to match britain and USA in coming years. The writing is on the wall.

  3. laurakate1986 February 6, 2013 at 4:09 am -

    @David Knox – thanks for that David! :) Guess I was just worried about being burned by 7, after they stopped new Bones (either last year or the year before – cant quite remember!) to air pretty much an entire season of Downton Abbey! I saw the commercials for it going on Sunday nights and was like “Nooooo!”

  4. Pertinax February 5, 2013 at 10:58 am -

    @Shelly. Your friends obviously illegally download a lot.

    Most people don’t. Revenge managed to get 1.5m live viewers plus there will be a lot of recorded viewings.

    Downtown Abbey you would expect to deliver similar large ratings. So illegal downloading is not effecting such show that much.

  5. Pertinax February 5, 2013 at 10:22 am -

    Bones’ ratings have dropped off after Bones and Booth settled down. Castle was doing better in the second half of last year (while Kate and Castle are hooking up).

    So Bones has been relegated to Thursday, along side The Mentalist.

  6. AnnMareefromTaree February 5, 2013 at 6:40 am -

    I was in Auckland NZ last week and JB HiFI was selling the Downton Season 3 DVD…..far too late Channel Seven…..

  7. David Knox February 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm -

    Already published new Bones info. Check Programming, Tags, Coming Soon and Search. The site is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, thanks.

  8. laurakate1986 February 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm -

    Really 7? Bones and Castle are a much better pairing than Downton Abbey and Castle! Where’s the new Bones??? :(

  9. stevie g February 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm -

    Great, hopefully it will starting on time, especially seeing that it will be a 90 minute ep.

  10. JayElle February 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm -

    Love Downton and Castle and look forward to seeing them both back on TV.

  11. Josh777 February 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm -

    Great to see Castle returning, but starting at 10pm it’ll be added to my list of shows to watch on the respective networks catch-up site.

  12. Shelley February 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm -

    Too late seven – yet again, all the fans I know have already seen it!

  13. tvf February 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm -

    Looking fwd to finally getting to see downton abbey.

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