8.48 million viewers tuned in for the 90-minute episode on BBC One. That represents a 31.9 percent share. Compared to the 9.2 million who watched “The Empty Hearse” on New Years Day — the most-watched “Sherlock” episode ever — this does represent a small decrease.
When compared with other British programming on Sunday, “Sherlock” still wins. The season premiere of “Dancing on Ice” on ITV, for example, pulled in only 6.8 million viewers.
The Season 3 finale of “Sherlock,” “His Final Vow,” airs on Sunday, Jan. 12 in the UK, while the third season premieres in the US on Sunday, Jan. 19 on PBS.