The highly anticipated return of Sherlock to BBC One on New Year’s Day attracted the biggest rating of the day.

Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returned on Wednesday for series 3 and viewers found out what happened to Sherlock. Series two ended with Sherlock faking his own death by jumping from a roof to escape Professor James Moriarty, played by Andrew Scott.

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An average of 9.2 million viewers tuned in from 9.00pm yesterday evening, comfortably winning its slot. A mini-episode which was available over Christmas on the iPlayer and red button service has reached over 1.5 million views.

Over on ITV, the final instalment of the Harry Potter films averaged 5.1 million viewers from 8.00pm. David Blaine’s return to television as he asked if it’s ‘real or magic’ that he’s performing was watched by 2.5 million viewers at 9.00pm.

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