Wednesday, 27 November 2013

"Day of the Doctor": the inevitable ratings post

Not this sort of post
Good news: we haven't even had the final time-shifted numbers come in yet and "Day of the Doctor" still did rather well (Moffat's already had his best ratings since 2010, with a shade fewer than "Strictly Come Dancing" but still comfortably high at 10.2 million). The BBC reports that the UK cinematic release beat everything except for "Catching Fire" and "Gravity".

It did very well in America as well: "The US broadcast of The Day of the Doctor was watched by an average of 2.4 million, a record for BBC America. Despite having a Saturday afternoon slot in the US, the show achieved BBC America's best ratings, with a peak time repeat upping the total to 3.6m." The day-of theatre showings seem to have all been solidly booked, if we're to correlate a line about "events sold out in 11 different cities" with the 11 American cities that participated in the simulcast. Simple maths, that.

(Of course, we have to take some of this with a grain of salt - people would have known that this isn't going to be in theaters indefinitely and might have all piled up in a way they wouldn't have for a normal theatrical release. Still, it's quite a good sign all told.)

7 comments :

mopearl62 said...

I attended the event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally there was only a 7:30pm showing. It sold out, so a second showing was added at 10:10. That was sold out as well, I believe. So the theaters were only planning on one showing doing well - but they were more than pleased, I'm sure, to add a second.

Erin Long said...

I was there too!

mopearl62 said...

Cool! Maybe you saw me. I was River Song.

Scott said...

Tragically, for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the greatest show on television, it fell far sort (a couple million) of the ratings of 2007's 'Voyage of the Damned' featuring Kylie Minogue...

Humberto Adan Herrera Cosio said...

In the Mexican cinema showings, it was quite a ride. First, only two cinemas with just one screening on the day. Then they added two more cinemas, then another 4. Then the rooms started to sold out, so they added more rooms in.
In the end, there were about 10 cinemas with 4 or 5 showings each at the same time, all sold out.
It was wonderful.

John Ross, III said...

Sadly, this doesn't count those of us who watched it online or downloaded it from sites other than BBC. It was a fantastic episode and enjoyed every moment of it.

urban.spaceman said...

The 10.2m figure is an overnight estimate, so it is far from the final viewing figure - most episodes from Series 7 added up to an extra 1-2million views to the final figure; so you can expect the final number to jump to around 12/13 million viewers. Add to this, of course, the number of people who watched it at the cinema, which makes this the single most successful episode since the reboot.