Sherlock continues to prove a ratings success for BBC Drama. The festive outing for the series made it the most watched programme between December 21st 2015 and the 1st of January 2016 across all channels.
“We are thrilled to be a hit in both 2016 and 1895.” – Sue Vertue, Producer of Sherlock
11.6 million viewers tuned in to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson solve the case of The Abominable Bride, according to consolidated viewing data issued today.
The Abominable Bride is the second most watched Sherlock episode ever with 11.6m viewers, second only to series three episode one The Empty Hearse (2014) which achieved a consolidated audience of 12.7m. The Abominable Bride also had the highest ever share of the audience for a Sherlock episode, at 40.2 per cent.
The next biggest programme of the festive season was the New Year’s Eve London fireworks display, which had a consolidated audience of 11.4m. Other ratings include 10.4m for the final episode of Downton Abbey and 7.7m for Doctor Who’s latest festive special.
“After a two year wait, it’s incredible to see the indisputable power of Sherlock bringing the nation together to make it the biggest show of the festive season. It’s a tribute to the talented team behind this much loved show.” – Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One
Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.