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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 05/09/2012

‘Sherlock’ premiere scores high ratings [UPDATE to UPDATE: chatting online Friday in re Bandersnatch Cummerbund ]


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back. (Colin Hutton - ©BBC/Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE)

UPDATE TO UPDATE: Got something to ask/say about Bandersnatch Cummerbund? We’ll be chatting about it Friday. You can submit your questions/comments here now.

PREVIOUS UPDATE: It has come to our attention that there is raging debate, in re whether we intentionally referred to Benedict Cumberbatch as Bandersnatch Cummerbund in The TV Column and blog.

Apparently it all started when Poynter posted an item early Tuesday afternoon about the “typo.”

MSNBC.com’s Alex Johnson, a gentleman and a scholar (and former Post staffer), leapt to our defense, noting I correctly identified Cumberbatch on first reference in the column item, and explaining that we are “a titan of snark” who “gets away with that kind of stuff all the time.”

 Johnson was perhaps recalling the time, back in 2009, when Politico wrote about the sorry state of The Washington Post’s copy editing, citing something we had written about “American Idol” in which host Ryan Seacrest was called “Seabiscuit” – until some people explained to the author in the comments section, that we had used the nickname for Seacrest during many years of “American Idol” recapping. (The report vanished from the Web site).

But Poynter’s Craig Silverman, a skeptic, bet Johnson a beer on it, asking Johnson, like he meant it to sting, did he think the Post’s copy desk would let that through without any kind of wink to readers.

Silverman owes Johnson a beer.

But, we would like to give credit where credit is due. The nickname “Bandersnatch Cummerbund” originated with one of the serious students of television who join me each Friday to chat about all things TV. And that person would no doubt want to give credit to Lewis Carroll, who first wrote about the “frumious Bandersnatch,” in “Jabberwocky,” in the late 1800’s. We loved it then, we love it now. Oh — and, wink wink!

ORIGINAL POST:

Benedict Cumberbatch might want to knock off knocking “Downton Abbey,” after learning about his ratings for his second season of “Sherlock.”

Sunday’s second-season premiere of “Sherlock” averaged 3.2 million viewers. Although that’s more than double the average PBS prime-time rating, “Sherlock’s” second-season kickoff was no match for the 5.4 million who watched the recent second-season finale of “Downton Abbey.”

In a recent New York Times interview, Bandersnatch Cummerbund — who plays the Conan Doyle character — said that when “Masterpiece” exec producer Rebecca Eaton showed him “Downton’s” Golden Globe award back in January, he responded: “Begone, woman. Bring it back when it says ‘Sherlock Holmes’ or Steven Moffat, or myself — someone else who’s more deserving than the second [season] of ‘Downton Abbey.’ ”

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