'Sherlock's Season 3 Premiere Becomes Most-Watched Episode Ever


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Well, it's official — 'Sherlock' is back and better than least, according to the ratings. The highly anticipated third installment of the crime-solving drama returned to the small screen last night (at least for those lucky folks across the pond) and earned the biggest ratings spike the series has ever seen in the U.K.

Overnight ratings show that the 90-minute episode was viewed by an impressive 9.2 million people, all desperate to learn just how their favorite high-functioning sociopath, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), survived "The Reichenbach Fall" and witness him finally reunite with his dear comrade, Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman).

Deadline reports that "The Empty Hearse" drew a 33.8% share to be yesterday’s most-watched program — utlimately peaking at 9.7 million viewers — while provisional figures also make it the most-watched drama of the whole holiday season in Britain. But given that fans have waited nearly two years for the series' epic return, its popularity wouldn't be all that hard to deduce — even without Sherlock's assistance.

Unfortunately, U.S. watchers are still in for a rough few weeks of torture before their 'Sherlock' addiction can be quenched come Jan. 19. (*insert impatient temper tantrum here*) So, in the meantime, be sure to check out the show's mini-episode titled "Many Happy Returns," which BBC kindly released online on Christmas Eve.

There's also plenty of photos to gawk over as well as a teaser trailer or two. But whatever you do — just make sure to avoid spoilers at all costs!

'Sherlock' kicks off Season 3 in the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 19 on PBS. Don't miss it!

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Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Jan 2nd, 2014, 8:18 am

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Message Posted On Jan 3rd, 2014, 2:05 am

Anybody in the US, who knows about how to download programs, is not being tortured... We have already watched it!


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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 11:04 am

@anonymous He's a busy man with other projects and with the 2 lead actors of the show being huge holywood stars these days i'd say we're lucky to get new seasons at all.


Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 10:53 am
Moffat is brilliant. Starve people of Sherlock that be 'amazed' when people watch it. How about making a few more episodes? What's that, You are coining it in already so there is no point. Only on the BBC.

Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 9:12 am
Moffat is brilliant. He has the Doctor Who Christmas special and a week later Sherlock. Magic marketing. Now many years can he keep this one two punch running?

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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 8:26 am

Or they could read the recap here at tvrage...


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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 8:25 am

This is falsely being reported on various sites as the "most watched episode ever" when it is not. The season 2 finale was the most watched with 9.78 million tuning in.


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