TV News: Downton, Criminal, Cinemax, Bates

Downton Abbey
The third season finale of “Downton Abbey” aired in the U.S. over the weekend and the ratings are in – a whopping 8.2 million tuned in. That is considerably up on the 5.4 million who tuned in last February for the second season finale.

The show has bested the previous season average by 66% on PBS, the opposite from the UK where the series ratings were down in the third season. [Source: THR]

Criminal Justice
HBO has opted NOT to order a pilot for the high-profile James Gandolfini-led series “Criminal Justice”. The project was a remake of Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC crime drama.

Oscar-winning scribe Steven Zaillian had been tapped to co-pen the pilot and direct. [Source: THR]

Untitled Cinemax Thriller
Cinemax is developing a dark crime thriller series with Soren Sveistrup, the creator of the original Danish smash hit “The Killing” (“Forbrydelsen”).

The new show will be a bilingual action thriller with a hard edge. Sveistrup has also ruled out talk of a fourth season of “The Killing”. [Source: Screen]