Sherlock Repeats Festive Feat For Second Year Running

Sherlock was the most watched programme over the festive season, drawing 11.3 million viewers and a consolidated audience share of 37.8 percent on New Year’s Day.

Inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock is written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and also topped the festive ratings last year with 11.6 million viewers for The Abominable Bride.

This year’s treat, The Six Thatchers, saw Sherlock become intrigued by cases of vandalism where the criminal had broken open busts of Margaret Thatcher. However, it soon became clear that the cases were linked to Mary’s past.

Director of BBC Content, Charlotte Moore, says: “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.”