Sherlock almost doubles Alibi viewing figures

Detective show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has had viewers flocking to UKTV channel in their hundreds of thousands

We’ve not had a new episode on the telly for over a year, but it certainly hasn’t dampened the spirits of Sherlock’s dedicated fanbase. (Yes, we’re talking about you!)

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In your quest to get a regular Sherlockfix, hundreds of thousands of ‘Cumberpeople’ have been switching over to Alibi on Thursday nights to watch repeats of the first series of Sherlock.

The first episode, A Study in Pink, which aired on Alibi on 9 May, saw an increase of viewers by 69%, while the second episode saw the channel’s ratings go up by an incredible 88% on the slot average.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Alibi’s Senior Scheduler Lucy Clubbe said: “Alibi seemed like the perfect home for Sherlock and we were thrilled with the reaction. The channel has an extensive mix of high quality US and UK crime drama so Sherlock slotted in perfectly with our viewers and we hope to have the same reaction to Luther when it starts next week.”

Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman, is a modern day imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective stories. The series first aired on BBC1 in 2010.

The second series of Sherlock is expected to air on Alibi later this year. UKTV’s Alibi describes itself as “TV’s home of crime drama” and can be found on Sky 132 and Virgin 130.

And here’s some even better, and more immediate news…

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You can watch all of Sherlock series one on Alibi on Monday 27 May from 9am