Co-Creator of BBC’s Sherlock Steven Moffat and writer Mark Gatiss spoke about the rating bump over the shows series three premier, ‘The Empty Hearse.’ The two were overjoyed as the show hit 9.2 million viewers with (a 33.8% share) its 9pm New Years Day premier on BBC One, higher than its 2012 New Year launch, with 8.8 million viewers. (31%) The show’s first series debuted in 2010 with 7.1 million viewers. (28.6%)
“Thrilling news on overnight ratings for Sherlock. A tribute to the team who work so hard, and with such pride, on the show, and of course to the genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,” said series co-creator Steven Moffat about the show’s ratings. “It’s proof that audiences will show up if you give them what they want – though we can’t throw Benedict [Cumberbatch] off a roof ever week.”
“Delighted our loyal audience tuned in on an appropriately bleak and stormy New Year’s night!” episode writer Mark Gatiss said of the news. “After two years it’s fantastic to have this response to Sherlock, John and all the team being back on TV. All this and Dr Watson gets married in three days’ time!”
A recent mini-episode of Sherlock, ‘Many Happy Returns’ was made available via Youtube and BBC iPlayer on Christmas Eve, and has hit over 6 million views.
Tune in to BBC One this Sunday, January 5 at 8:30pm to catch the next episode of Sherlock, ‘The Sign of 3.’