Sherlock TV Review on PBS Masterpiece

It also helps lift lead-in 'Downton Abbey'

PBS drama “Sherlock” — airing for the first time on the pubcaster in two years — drew roughly 4 million viewers for its third-season premiere Sunday night.

Despite overlapping with coverage of a highly rated NFL playoff game on Fox in much of the country, “Sherlock” outperformed its season 2 premiere (3.2 million) by 25%, according to Nielsen. It’s also about 80% higher than the PBS average for the 10-11:30 p.m. time period on Sundays.

The arrival of “Sherlock” also helped lead-in “Downton Abbey,” whose Sunday average of 8.4 million reps an increase of about 500,000 week to week.

“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.

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