'Sherlock' Season 3 premiere scores strong ratings behind 'Downton Abbey'

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sherlock-season-3-premiere-no-spoilers-benedict-cumberbatch-martin-freeman-pbs.jpgThe pairing of "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" proved to be a good one for PBS Sunday night (Jan. 19).

The Season 3 premiere of "Sherlock" scored 4 million viewers, PBS says. That's a 25-percent jump from the 3.2 million viewers for its second-season debut in 2012. The ratings bump follows a record-setting premiere for the series in the U.K. on New Year's Day.

"Downton Abbey" also saw its ratings rise Sunday night. Airing opposite the NFL's NFC championship game on FOX, the show drew 8.4 million people, half a million more than the previous week.

"Downton Abbey" airs at 9 p.m. ET and "Sherlock" at 10 p.m. Sundays on PBS. Check your local listings.
Photo/Video credit: PBS