Steve Moffat: PBS Delaying Sherlock is “Bloody Nonsense”

With news that PBS is losing their Downton infusion at the end of next year, Moffat decided it might be time to pipe up about another show the channel shares with the UK, on the same sort of “delayed” format.

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He might have accepted it when it was something everyone was doing, but if there’s not going to be other shows that have ludicrously long delays attached to them because it helps the ratings along, he’d rather them not do that to his show, thank you very much. The two should air simultaneously, or at least as simultaneously as it can, like BBC One and BBC America do with his other show, Doctor Who.

“I really, really do think it should,” he said. “I think it’s absolute bloody nonsense. The audience is not prepared to wait. [Somebody] recently said, ‘If I want something and it’s not available, I think it’s the vendor’s fault.’ With Doctor Who we pretty much have that – certainly with Britain and America, it comes out the same day. Doing that ended an awful lot of the piracy. Yes, it should be. But that’s a question for PBS Masterpiece.”

Now, PBS was doing that to Downton because the majority of the audience wasn’t the type to go streaming or pirating the show ahead of time during the three-month gap. Sherlock audiences are different though. they’re younger, savvier, and less willing to wait. Delaying the airing to a dead time in network and basic cable competition doesn’t produce the same huge ratings windfall that Downton does.

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