An extra 3.5 million viewers caught up with the first episode of Sherlock setting a new ‘catch-up’ viewing record.

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The amount takes into account those who recorded and watched the episode up to 7 days after transmission. The first episode of the new series which aired on New Year’s Day has an official audience figure of 12.7 million viewers. Its overnight figure was 9.2 million viewers.

Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returned on 1st January 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.

A mini-episode which was available over Christmas on the iPlayer and red button service has reached over 1.5 million views.

The final episode airs this Sunday at 8.30pm on BBC One.

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