PBS to Use ‘Downton Abbey’ for ‘Mercy Street’ Launch

PBS is hoping that it’s most successful series ever can help launch one of its newest dramas.

Mercy Street,” PBS’ first American-made drama in more than a decade, will premiere at Jan. 17 at 10 p.m., following hit drama “Downton Abbey.” The premiere of “Downton’s” final season will be Jan. 3.

PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger announced the premiere strategy Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. Kerger also announced...

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