But the star says Americans love the British show's "reverence for the originals and the relationship between Sherlock and Watson"
Claire Webb and Paul Jones
11:42 AM, 13 March 2013
It’s fair to say there’s been a certain amount of rivalry among fans of Sherlock and Elementary, the recent UK and US Sherlock Holmes TV updates.
But while Sherlock is the clear winner over here – and also boasts a significant Stateside following – its star Benedict Cumberbatch admits Elementary just about has the edge in America.
"Sherlock has spread far and wide. It's not as big as – well, probably not as big as – Elementary over there, that's a huge show," said Cumberbatch, "But still, lots of people have seen it. It's really surprising."
While both series update the action to the modern day, Elementary – starring Cumberbatch's friend and coutryman Jonny-Lee Miller – moves it from Sherlock Holmes's native London to New York, features a female Dr Watson and has been criticised for being too far-removed from the original.
Cumberbatch says US audiences, like their British counterparts, appreciate the authenticity of the BBC show.