- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Public TV has apologized for prematurely ending the first episode of season five of “Downton Abbey.” It blamed a technical problem for the mishap.

The program ended abruptly Sunday night on CPTV a few minutes before its scheduled conclusion. Viewers instead saw an ad for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, followed by alternative public TV programming.

CPTV said on its website it’s “profoundly sorry and embarrassed by this mistake.” The public television station re-broadcast the program at 1 a.m. Monday and is offering it online.

Viewers took to Twitter to complain. “This is a Downton disaster,” one Tweet said.

The popular British series follows the lives of an aristocratic family and their servants in 1920s England.


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