It’s elementary. Fans love Sherlock Holmes. Or they love Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character in “Sherlock,” the BBC’s update on the master sleuth which kicked off its 3-episode U.S. run on Sunday (May 6) on PBS. The season-opening episode, “A Scandal in Belgravia,” drew 3.2 million viewers.
And while it’s nowhere near the 9.3 million viewers “Desperate Housewives” and “The Amazing Race” drew in the same time slot, it’s a big audience for PBS which has steadily been scoring wins with British imports.
“Downton Abbey’s” second season kicked off Jan. 8 with a whopping 6.3 million viewers and managed to hold an average of 3.6 million throughout its season and attract 5.4 million for its finale.
What do you think? Will “Sherlock” continue to grow its state-side audience?