Sherlock: The Abominable Bride most watched programme across all channels over festive season with 11.6m viewers

We are thrilled to be a hit in both 2016 and 1895.Sue Vertue, Producer of Sherlock
Date: 09.01.2016     Last updated: 09.01.2016 at 14.03
Category: BBC One
Sherlock was the most watched programme between 21 December 2015 and 1 January 2016 across all channels. 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.

Sue Vertue, Producer of Sherlock said: “We are thrilled to be a hit in both 2016 and 1895.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One added: "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."

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.

Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 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.