It’s Downton Abbey for the win, as BBC has decided not to renew the show’s competition for the period drama crowd Upstairs Downstairs. Although the latter has a much longer history than does Downton, the ratings just aren’t living up to the original version, which aired in the 1970s. The BBC and co-producer PBS here in the U.S. have decided not to proceed with Series 3.

Although both Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs saw some criticism for the plot in Series 2, Downton has held onto ratings both in the U.K. and in the U.S. Initially, the 2010 reboot of the 70s hit, which ran from 1971-1975, did well in the ratings but saw a dive by the end of series two. The huge success of Downton seems to have overridden it and left it in the dust. The Hollywood Reporter says the decision has been made to cancel the show.

If you’re a fan of the show you can head over to the Twitter petition to show your support, but it doesn’t sound like the BBC is looking to invest any further time or money in the show, especially since they have bigger fish to fry with successful series like Downton and Sherlock. Screenwriter for the show, Heidi Thomas says she is ready to move on and focus more fully on other projects, for which she has “massive commitments”, while a BBC rep says that “at this point there are no plans for Upstairs Downstairs to return.” Well, that doesn’t sound entirely definitive, so go sign that petition, fans. You never know, fans have saved shows before.
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