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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