Sherlock was the UK’s most-watched programme over the festive period, ratings have shown.
Over 8 million viewers watched the first episode of the 4th series of the modern take on the Arthur Conan-Doyle character.
This made it the most-watched show over Christmas and New Year - not counting the NYE Fireworks which pulled in a huge 11.6 million viewers.
Sherlock beat a number of the BBC’s big hitters, such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off, which both had Christmas specials this year.
It also attracted more than the Queen’s Christmas speech, which was seen by 7.7 million on Christmas Day.
The episode, The Six Thatchers, was based on the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Six Napoleons and revolved around a mystery surrounding statues of the former Prime Minister.
Sherlock has been critically acclaimed since it began in 2010, with the latest episode described by some as “Bond-like” due to its action and dramatic stunts.
Other New Year’s Day programmes enjoyed large audiences, with 6.7 million watching Mrs Brown’s Boys and 6 million tuning in to Eastenders.
Source: BBC News