7 May 2012 1:36 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The mystery of Sherlock‘s Season 2 premiere numbers has been solved.

The PBS Masterpiece Mystery series returned on Sunday night to a total audience of 3.2 million viewers — not including replays, DVR playback or online streaming — more than doubling the average PBS primetime rating.

For comparison’s sake, Downton Abbey‘s most recent run debuted to 4.2 million total viewers.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have taken Sherlock and Watson to a whole new level,” Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that »


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