02/27/2014 11:35 am ET | Updated Feb 27, 2014

Steven Moffat, 'Doctor Who' Showrunner, Claims British Shows Are Always Bigger In The U.K. Than American Ones


"Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" may be breaking ratings records over here in the U.S., but do the British feel the same about American shows over in England?

Apparently not.

In a recent interview with Steven Moffat, the executive producer of "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock," told the BBC that all of the biggest shows on U.K. television are homegrown.

"We mostly watch shows made by our own country. There are no shows from America that are big hits in Britain," said Moffat. "They're all minor hits. Your mates may talk about them but no-one's watching them. They're getting squashed by the locally-made shows. Always."

The BBC also reports that even though some shows from the U.S. succeed -- "Breaking Bad" has a small fan base -- the most popular shows in the U.K. are still British originals like "Strictly Come Dancing," "Downton Abbey" and "Britain's Got Talent."

The audiences for "Downton Abbey" and "Doctor Who" are only growing in size every year, so it seems that America's Anglophile period shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

Maybe the accent has something to do with it?

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