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Doctor Who by the numbers… Track the Doctors through time and see how they each fared with viewers. Which Doctors do fans favour? Which episodes were the most viewed? Which episodes are the fans' favourite? How many on-screen adventures did we see for each Doctor? These questions and more are answered and visualized in the inforgraphic below.
(Special thanks to James at cabletv.com for offering us to share this with you).
The new 2011 series of Doctor Who premiere episode, The Impossible Astronaut which was telecast on BBC America on Saturday, April 23, was the highest-rated, most-watched telecast ever for the channel (in live and same day ratings). It delivered almost 1.3 million viewers (1,268,010 total viewers). This is up 71,000 viewers from its previous best for last year's opening episode of Doctor Who (The Eleventh Hour).
BBC America's YouTube content reached an all-time high of 3.5 million viewers. Doctor Who is also currently the number one television series in the Apple iTunes Store.
The final viewing figures for the Sarah Jane Adventures has been released. On average the show got 0.52 milion on BBC One alone and the same again on CBBC per episode, and even beats Blue Peter which during the same time had an average of 0.44 million viewers. Lost in time achieved the highest combined viewing figures of 1.57 million viewers. The average total overall per episode for the series is 1.29 million viewers which is up form last years 1.01 million. See the graph below for full figures and spreads.
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So after what seems like an eternity and for some peculiar reason as to why the figures could not be released( The Official Viewing FIgures were with held by BARB on the BBC's request.) the final viewing figures for the "Big Bang" are available.
6.12 Million People Watched the Big Bang officially on BBC 1. with 0.72 Million watching the Repeat on BBC 3. as of yet I am unable to find the BBC HD numbers.
The Complete overnight Figures for the season closer of doctor who are 5.1 Million. 4.6 Million of those on BBC 1 and 0.5 Million on BBC HD. Doctor Who was the second highest rated show of the night with the football (soccer) world cup match USA against Ghana coming top with 5.7 million. Doctor Who even beat Wimbledon which was showing on BBC2 at the same time. Overall Doctor Who did really well all season when the constantly shifting Time-slots are taken into consideration, and hopefully this will prove to the BBC that they handle the show with more respect next year. In comparison to previous seasons of Doctor Who in the same time slot, it faires better than Patrick Troughtons final episode on The Wargames which had a Final figure of 5 Million viewers, at a time in British Television where there were only three channels, and not as it is today.
The viewing figures for Doctor Who's Season 5 penultimate episode, are in for the overnights.
Final figures for episode eight, The Hungry Earth, published by BARB show it was watched by 6.49 million viewers. The figure is an increase of over two million on the initially reported overnights, implying many recorded the programme to watch it later.
On BBC One the programme got 6.01 million watching where it was the ninth most watched programme for the channel for the week. An additional 0.48 million watched on BBC HD. When added together the programme totalled 6.49 million viewers.
Unofficial overnight figures for The Vampires of Venice was
watched by 6.2 million viewers with a share of 30.6% of
5.90 million watched on BBC One, where it was again the most watched programme of the evening, with an additional 0.24 million watching on BBC HD.
The rating was down slightly on the previous week, most probably due to the earlier time slot. On ITV1, Funniest Ever You've Been Framed! had 4.4 million watching.
This is now showing a few parallels with Doctor Who of old, that constantly shifting the times of transmission will mean that viewing figures will drop.
The Overnight Viewing figures are out for the Time of Angels. 6.8 Million watched and that's a combined BBC 1 and BBC HD number as the episode was simulcast. it also managed to grab 36% of the viewing Audience. As it looks there seems to be a steady number of viewers now, and the full figures will be known in 10n days.
BBC America had its ratings records broken with the premiere of Doctor Who this past Saturday, the 17th of April, 2010. It delivered 1.2 million viewers (live and same day viewers) making it the highest rated telecast ever for BBC America! Doctor Who is also the currently the number 1 TV series in the Apple iTunes store (see links below).
Here is a breakdown of the ratings for Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour on BBC America:
|•||The Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 was BBC AMERICA's best Live + Same Day P2+ rating (.68) and delivery ever (1,196,000).|
|•||The Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 was BBC AMERICA's best Live + Same Day A25-54 rating (.89) and delivery ever (682,000).|
|•||In Live + Same Day coverage rating, BBC AMERICA premiere beat SYFY's season premieres for Doctor Who seasons 2-4 in P2+ and P25-54.|
|•||The .89 in P25-54 coverage rating for the Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 ranked #2 among all ad supported cable nets in its time period (9-10:10PM).|
BBC America has reported that the week of July 20, 2009 was their best week ever in terms of ratings due to Torchwood and Doctor Who premiering that week in the US.
The channel's most successful series ever, Torchwood: Children of Earth reached 3.3m with an average audience of 705,000 viewers per episode. The finale on Friday of that week seeing 807,000 viewers, the largest average audience in history for BBC America.
Also performing strongly was Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead with 657,000 viewers.
Now that Torchwood: Children of Earth has been televised on both sides of the Atlantic, it is clear that it is a ratings champ all around.
In the UK, the estimated numbers for the BBC showing started strong and maintained its audience throughout the week long series (26.8%). Torchwood: Children of Earth, a five part series was shown consecutively Monday through Friday in the UK starting on 6th of July and then BBC America followed suit showing them on consecutive nights starting on the 20th of July.
In the UK (does not include DVR or BBC HD Channel viewers):
Torchwood: Children of Earth (episode 1) Day One saw a jump in the ratings for the show. Reportedly 5.9 million viewers in the UK is said to have watched this first episode of the third series of Torchwood according to the BBC.
Compared to between 2.5 and 4.2 million average audience of series 2 of Torchwood, it is clear that the anticipation for the return of the series has been fairly strong. This marks the highest ratings recorded for the Doctor Who spin-off show since it first came on to the scene in 2007. At that time when it was on BBC Three, it peaked at just under 1 million for its highest viewed episode.
Source: Torchwood move sees ratings boost (BBC News)