The PBS Masterpiece Mystery series returned on Sunday night to a total audience of 3.2 million viewers — not including replays, DVR playback or online streaming — more than doubling the average PBS primetime rating.
For comparison’s sake, Downton Abbey‘s most recent run debuted to 4.2 million total viewers.
“Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have taken Sherlock and Watson to a whole new level,” Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that viewers have responded so enthusiastically to this groundbreaking series.”
- Benedict Cumberbatch