Sherlock tops the festive ratings
Sherlock has topped the television ratings for the Christmas period.
The eagerly-anticipated return of Benedict Cumberbatch to the role of Sherlock Holmes was the most watched show of the festive period, not including the BBC One’s fireworks coverage. 8.1 million people tuned in to watch the surprise death of Mary Watson on New Year’s Day, 32% of all those watching television at the time.
Coverage of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on BBC One averaged 11.6 million, with 62.4% of the television audience tuning in to watch the 15 minute spectacle.
The NYD ratings comfortably beat Christmas Day, where the most-watched show was the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special with an audience of 7.2 million. Meanwhile, the Queen’s speech went out to 7.45 million people.
Despite the BBC’s success with Sherlock on New Year’s Day, the ratings were actually down on last year’s Christmas Special – which saw Sherlock grappling with the apparent resurgence of James Moriarty in a drug-addled dream. Last year’s special, which also aired on New Year’s Day, drew in an audience of 8.5 million.
Elsewhere, Sky enjoyed their “biggest ever Xmas day”, according to Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald. The Dawn French and Emilia Fox-fronted family drama Delicious spearheaded Sky’s efforts, and was a big success with 545,000 viewers on December 30.