Fans are loving 'Downton Abbey's' big, happy finale

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Downton Abbey: Cast Relive Emotional Final Scenes

The sixth and final season finale of Downton Abbey aired on Sunday night in the U.S., featuring a wedding, a birth and an all-around happy ending. Fans gushed on social media about the series' emotional resolution and posted Instagram photos of costume and celebratory tea parties.

There was one element fans loved the most (spoiler alert): the idea that Edith, played by Laura Carmichael, now outranks her sister Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, in the convoluted hierarchy of the British aristocracy. (Viewers never really forgave Mary for her selfish outbursts earlier this season.) After years of struggling with a reputation for being the "ugly" career-oriented sister, Edith's wedding to Bertie, the 7th Marquess of Hexham, was the finale's happiest highlight.

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A Vocativ analysis of more than 31,000 tweets that used the hashtag #downtonabbey since Sunday morning showed that Edith was the finale's most popular character, mentioned by fans over 2,400 times—more than any other character. Hundreds of viewers also tweeted about the Edith-Mary rivalry.

Although the series focused on the British gentry, the later seasons of Downton Abbey had better ratings in the U.S. than across the pond. And an estimated 60 percent of users interested in the show are American, a Vocativ Facebook analysis showed.

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Fans are loving 'Downton Abbey's' big, happy finale
This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, "Downton Abbey." PBS is setting the table for the "Downton Abbey" feast ahead with a preview special planned for broadcast in December. PBS' "Masterpiece" says "Return to Downton Abbey" will air on Dec. 1 with what is billed as "a tantalizing taste" of the upcoming season, which begins Jan. 5. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
In this image released by PBS, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess Grantham, is shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
Joanne Froggatt of "Downton Abbey" poses for a portrait during press day at The Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Season five of the period drama debuts this fall in the United Kingdom, this winter stateside. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
Allen Leech of "Downton Abbey" poses for a portrait during press day at The Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Season five of the period drama debuts this fall in the United Kingdom, this winter stateside. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey" poses for a portrait during press day at The Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Season five of the period drama debuts this fall in the United Kingdom, this winter stateside. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
Michelle Dockery, left, a cast member in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," addresses a reporter as fellow cast member Joanne Froggatt looks on at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Phyllis Logan, left, Sophie McShera, center, and Laura Carmichael, cast members in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," take part in a panel discussion on the show at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2013 file photo, Sophie McShera, left, and Laura Carmichael, cast members in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," take part in a panel discussion on the show at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Gary Carr as Jack Ross in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Charles Edwards as Michael Gregson and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This publicity image released by PBS shows Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, left, and Jim Carter as Mr. Carson from the popular series "Downton Abbey." The third season premiere airs in the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 on PBS. (AP Photo/PBs, Josh Barratt)
In this image released by PBS, Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith, left, and Amy Nuttall as Ethel are shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." Frogatt was nominated for an Emmy award on Thursday, July 19, 2012 for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
In this image released by PBS, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, left, and Zoe Boyle as Lavinia Swire are shown in a scene from the second season of "Downton Abbey." The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
FILE - In this file photo released by PBS, Iain Glen as Sir Richard Carlisle, left, and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary are shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." dockery was nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, Thursday, July 19, 2012 for her role as Lady Mary Crawley on "Downton Abbey." The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
In this image released by PBS, front row from left, Iain Glen as Sir Richard Carlisle, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley are shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
This undated publicity photo released by Masterpiece shows Jim Carter, left, as Carson and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, in “Downton Abbey,” series 3. The show is nominated for outstanding drama series at Sunday's 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. (AP Photo/Masterpiece, Giles Keyte/Carnival Films)
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The finale wrapped up multiple story lines and left all the characters, regardless of wealth, either triumphant or at the start of an optimistic new adventure. The Baxters, loyal members of the working class staff, finally had a healthy baby after years of struggling to start a family, and the aristocratic Granthams resolved their grudges over Cora Crawley, American heiress and mother of the manor, running the local hospital. The whole thing felt so Hollywood-esque that The New York Times even titled their finale recap: "A Grand British Story With an American Finish." And judging by the social media reaction, viewers loved every sweet moment.

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