Downton Abbey scores 12 nominations at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

The hit British TV drama series, Downton Abbey has scored a staggering 12 nominations at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced just after 1.30pm today at the TV Academy, North Hollywood bringing Downton’s overall total of Emmy nominations to 51.

Now in its fifth season the show’s Executive Producer, Gareth Neame expressed his delight from the set of Downton Abbey.

“We are thrilled that once again the members of the Academy have shown their enthusiasm for Downton with a whopping 12 nominations.   It is the members of the TV Academy that helped turn Downton into a global hit and we'll never forget that!”

As well as individual nods for Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Smith and Jim Carter the show also received a best Drama Series nomination and nods for Direction, Costume Design, Hair Design, Art Direction, Sound Mixing and Music Composition. (See full list below).  Downton Abbey is the most Emmy nominated British show in the history of the TV Academy awards.

Downton Abbey hit a new record high in the U.S. with its series four opener on Sunday 5th January 2014. Averaging a record breaking 10.2 million viewers across the two-hour episode Downton Abbey improved on its series three premiere rating by 22 percent.  During these two hours (9.00pm – 11.00pm) PBS tied with CBS as the most watched network on Sunday. The show’s third series became the highest rating TV Drama in PBS’s history and reached over 24 million viewers, a 7 million increase on Series 2.