Sherlock: The Six Thatchers, which aired on BBC One on New Year’s Day, was the most watched show channel-wide over the festive period.

The Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) has recorded a post 7 day audience figure of 11.33m for the 90 minute instalment, equating to a 37.8% consolidated audience share. The figure is likely to rise further when BARB releases its 28 day catch-up data.

“We are absolutely thrilled that over 11 million people tuned in to The Six Thatchers on New Year’s Day and over the past week. It’s a show we love to make so it’s fantastic that it’s also a show that people seem to want to watch and we are incredibly grateful to all the fans that support it each series.” – Sue Vertue, producer of Sherlock

Last year, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride topped the festive ratings, with 11.6 million viewers.

The next biggest programme of the festive season was the New Year’s Eve London fireworks display with a consolidated audience of 10.87m. A 90 minute Africa-based Call The Midwife also did well for the beeb with 9.21m. 

Other ratings include 8.94m and 7.83m for Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who respectively; 4.34m watched the Birds of a Feather festive outing on ITV while 3.72m tuned in for a new edition of Blankety Blank with David Walliams as host.

EastEnders pulled in 7.83m on Christmas Day but just missed out on being the top soap as Coronation Street pulled in 8.12m albeit with the aid of the ITV timeshift channel.

“Sherlock is a jewel in BBC One’s crown and I’m thrilled that for the second year running it’s the most watched show over the Christmas period. Huge credit to the creative genius of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, who continue to raise the bar with each new series.” – Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC content

Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play the iconic roles of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

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