Sherlock - most watched programme across all channels over festive season for second year running

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, Sherlock
Date: 09.01.2017     Last updated: 09.01.2017 at 18.11
Category: BBC One; Drama
Sherlock: The Six Thatchers was the most watched programme over the festive season across all channels, with 11.3 million viewers tuning in according to consolidated viewing data issued today. The 90-minute episode, which aired on New Year’s Day 2017, achieved a consolidated audience share of 37.8 percent.

Sue Vertue, producer of Sherlock, says: “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.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, 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."

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

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. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

Sherlock: The Final Problem will air on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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