‘Sherlock’ Season 3, Episode 2 Promo; Episode 1 Draws Big Ratings for BBC

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Sherlock fans in the U.S. will have to be careful while navigating the web for the next couple weeks, seeing how the first episode of the series’ long-awaited third season premiered on BBC One on New Year’s Day 2014. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ modern re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth faked his death in the season 2 finale “The Reichenbach Fall” and those who caught the premiere last night were finally presented with an answer to the riddle of how he pulled his ruse off (note: please do not post any SPOILERS for the season 3 premiere, ‘The Empty Hearse”, in the comments section of this article).

“Reichenbach Fall” writer Steve Thompson wrote the second installment in series 3 of Sherlock (titled “The Sign of Three”), and you can now watch the promo for that episode. The footage only reveals what’s already been well-established through previous casting announcements, synopses and images released for “The Sign of Three” – that John Watson’s (Martin Freeman) wedding is interrupted when his best man Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) realizes there’s a murderer on the loose.

That’s to say, you may feel free to watch the latest Sherlock trailer without fear of having any of the major twists and turns in “The Empty Hearse” spoiled for you, nor being given additional information about the season’s over-arching developments (assuming that you haven’t watched the season 3 premiere yet).

Sherlock Season 3 Sherlock Season 3, Episode 2 Promo; Episode 1 Draws Big Ratings for BBC

Deadline is reporting that “The Empty Hearse” was the most-watched Sherlock episode in the UK yet, having drawn a 33.8% share – making it the most-watched program on the BBC on New Year’s Day – and been viewed by some 9.2 million viewers, with a peak of 9.7 million. For comparison, the first series of Sherlock averaged 7.5 million viewers and season 2 jumped up to 8 million when it originally aired on the BBC. Meanwhile, the recent “event” episodes for the Steven Moffat-run Doctor Who – the 50th anniversary special and the Christmas 2013 special – attracted some 10.6 million and 8.3 million people, on average.

Again, we ask that you please refrain from posting explicit spoilers for the Sherlock season 3 premiere in the comments section of this article. A proper discussion thread will be made available on Screen Rant, when “The Empty Hearse” airs in the U.S.


Sherlock Season 3, Episode 2 “The Sign of Three” airs in the UK on January 5th, 2014; “The Empty Hearse” premieres in the U.S. on PBS two weeks later on January 19th.

Source: Deadline

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  1. The Empty Hearse was yet another great Sherlock experience for me.

    There was something about Lovering’s direction that was a bit different than the other Sherlock episodes. There were a couple of scenes that felt music video-ish though, which I found really odd (although still enjoyable).

    This is by far one of the funniest episodes of the entire Sherlock run.


    • I agree, I thought it was hilarious at some moments.

  2. Loved it! I agree with it being one of the funniest episodes yet.

    Without spoiling anything, Watson reacted pretty much how I thought he would which was really nice.

    Also without spoiling anything, I liked the way they kind of poked fun at the fans. Those who saw it will know which scenes I am talking about.

    Cant wait for Sunday!


    Having watched the episode, I thought it was AMAZING and hilarious. Have high expectations, you won’t be disappointed!

    Also, Screenrant, why do you only make the spoiler thread after it airs in the U.S? Couldn’t you just put one up if it airs in the U.K first anyway, and the smart U.S users just won’t access it until it’s aired where they are?

    • This… makes a lot of sense. Hope you’re reading, SR!

  4. Does anyone know of anywhere to watch it? It’d be great to see it.

    • try vidbull. i’m in the us and thats the websie i watched it from. stupid PBS i’m not waiting two weeks.


    • bbc iplayer- im from the US and i still watched it same day

  5. Worth the wait. Okay, I can nitpick about a contrivance or two but I counted six big laughs and several little ones. I also adored how Gatiss basically trolled every single ‘Sherlock’ fan throughout (hard to explain how without spoiling it).

    It’s good to have him back. The three leads bringing their full commitment to it despite their elevated status and success brought to them and the confidence after two years away was impressive. Wasn’t as tight as previous and there is a fear of repetition (tiptoeing here over what I cannot say), but it was a grand 90 minutes.

    Roll on Sunday.

  6. Why not make a discussion thread now, for people who have watched it, and so all UK visitors to the site can discuss it, without having to wait?

    • Yeah, that is a little annoying considering there are discussion threads available the moment a show or movie airs in the US yet UK viewers have to wait days, weeks or months until it airs for us and by then, all discussion has died down.

      Having said that, I recorded Wednesday’s Sherlock and am saving it until I’ve seen the final two episodes from season 2 before delving into season 3 so I have nothing to add to this episode’s discussion.

      • If I were you I’d be as well just holding back until all three episodes of S3 have aired. Episode 2 on Sunday. Episode 3 a week later.

        It was my desire to watch all three in one go but, you know, I’m pathetically weak willed.

  7. What an amazing piece of television, absolutely loved. So worth the wait. The writing, directing and editing on this show is top class

  8. Another great episode. My only complaint is that I thought it jumped around a bit too much.

  9. The end blew me away. I have to go back and watch “The Reichenbach Fall” again. I had no idea that Sherlock was a cyborg all along! Just kidding.

  10. I think by now its no spoiler and people know that Doctor Who saved him last moment !
    What a great crossover episode !

  11. Of course we’ve watch the season 3 premiere. PBS continues to make dumb, revenue-losing decisions to air episodes after they’ve come out in the UK. No one is waiting.

  12. RE:John/January 2, 2014…
    Q: “Does anyone know of anywhere to watch it?”

    Im in the US, but couldn’t wait any longer to see this new episode. Keep in mind I’m almost totally computer illiterate (I don’t even have a PC – just a smartphone), so if I can do it anyone can. OK sorting thru the Web to find sherlock S03E01 was a nightmare filed with force advertising, endless hoops to jump thru, hidden fees & dead ends… Then just when I was feeling hopeless & homicidal, I discovered a way. Now I wanna make you happy to, so the best/most simple way:
    *Google ‘coke popcorn sherlock series 3 episode 1′. From there choose to *Download, leading you to *Copy the URL & then click *TubeOffline. From there just follow the instructions: choose *Coke & Popcorn (as source website), *Paste the URL where directed. On the final screen you can opt to preview or download the entire episode. Can’t download for whatever reason (space, format, etc)? Just maximize the preview window & stream it in its entirety. Works on any virtually ANY show- old or new- that you may be looking for. I watched the last 4 seasons of Dexter this way. In this instance however, I found (after watching thru Coke/Popcorn) that some guardian angel has the entire sherlock Ep posted on YouTube. Save & share these directions tho, I suspect YouTube will yank the video any day now. Enjoy, friend!

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