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Despite attracting criticism in some quarters, the BBC’s now traditional Sherlock Holmes Christmas special was the most watched programme across all channels over festive season for the second year running.

BBC Sherlock 10 Jan 2017According to consolidated viewing data issued by the UK public broadcaster, this year’s instalment, The Six Thatchers, attracted 11.3 million viewers. The 90-minute episode, which aired on New Year’s Day, achieved a consolidated audience share of 37.8%. Last year, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride — which like this year’s programme was written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Doctor Watson — topped the festive ratings, with 11.6 million viewers.

“We are absolutely thrilled that over 11 million people tuned in to The Six Thatchers on New Year’s Day and over the past week,” commented producer Sue Vertue. “It’s a show we love to make so it’s fantastic that it’s also a show that people seem to want to watch and we are incredibly grateful to all the fans that support it each series.”

Added director of BBC content Charlotte Moore: “Sherlock is a jewel in BBC One's crown and I'm thrilled that for the second year running it's the most watched show over the Christmas period. Huge credit to the creative genius of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, who continue to raise the bar with each new series.”