SHERLOCK Makes Long-Awaited Return to MASTERPIECE on PBS

With an Average Audience of 4 Million Viewers

“Sherlock, Season 3” will air Episode 2 on January 26 and Episode 3 on February 2, 2014 at 9:58 p.m. following the broadcasts of “Downton Abbey.”January 20, 2014 – Today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, PBS and WGBH Boston announced that last night’s premiere of “Sherlock, Season 3” on MASTERPIECE reached an average audience of 4 million viewers (Nielsen fast nationals, P2+). This represents a 25 percent increase in average audience compared to the premiere of “Sherlock, Season 2” in 2012. This audience is 81 percent higher than the PBS’ average audience at 10-11:30 p.m. Sundays.

“Sherlock, Season 3” is a Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales co-production with MASTERPIECE. It was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. The series producer is Sue Vertue.

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