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25 May 2013 @ 02:05 pm
Interesting Doctor Who in the USA ratings tidbit  

….. juuuuust waiting for the final ratings on The Name of the Doctor and I will update my geeky ratings spreadsheet for you guys! (But fwiw, I’m 99% sure those were the WORST finale overnights in NuWho history).

In the meantime, this is interesting. People have been super-hyping ‘DW is so popular in the US now ommggggggggggg’ for a while. BBCA actually released ratings for 7B season episode The Rings of Akaten - 2 million viewers.

Two million.

That’s about as well as SPN does, it’s worse than TVD does on its really, really bad days, and it’s less than half of what the US version of Downton can pull in on PBS in its sleep. (And as merryghoul below points out, Game of Thrones - which is on HBO and much more $$$ than BBCA - is pulling over twice these viewers as well).

All this hype … over 2 million viewers. lol. lololol. No wonder BBCA stopped reporting ratings after that - this probably represented a high for them which is most likely why they put it in a freaking PRESS RELEASE in the first place, and I have little doubt it’s gone down since then (or they would be telling us via another sad, sad press release).

Anyway, just wanted to share.


And lol.

 
 
 
merryghoulmerryghoul on May 25th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to correct you on one point--the 7B premiere was "The Bells of Saint John," not "The Rings of Akhaten."

And I agree a bit with ericadawn16 a bit--two million is pretty good for a cable show that's available on some cable and satellite packages, but it's nowhere near the numbers that a show like The Walking Dead, History's Vikings, Game of Thrones or Burn Notice, for instance, can pull. (On the flip side, a show pulling around half a million viewers on cable is pretty bad.)
kilodaltonkilodalton on May 25th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to correct you on one point--the 7B premiere was "The Bells of Saint John," not "The Rings of Akhaten."

Ahhh oops thanks XD

I just ... I mean, you can find anything in these numbers that you want to. There are many Moffat apologists who will say "it's a BBCA record and this is amazing!!!" But the fact is, they have *also* been using the 'rising popularity in the USA' argument in an attempt to quash the fact that ratings in the UK are heading south (slowly, but still). They further are using everything from nice weather to illegal downloads to try to explain away the ratings decline (even to the point of DENYING a ratings decline --- which I went so far as to stastistically prove when I was really, really bored and procrastinating one night!!)

They allllllllllways have an excuse. The show neeeeeeeeeeever delivers any bad news or anything they don't want to hear, ya see. So when the actual numbers come in for these supposed 'massive' USA ratings, and it's ... 2 million ... I just have to lol.

There are only so many plausible excuses people can keep making before they start seeming ridiculous.

Edited at 2013-05-25 08:42 pm (UTC)
ericadawn16ericadawn16 on May 25th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, like the last aired episode of Warehouse 13 only had 1.2 million viewers.
Firsa Asahiasahifirsa on May 28th, 2013 08:37 am (UTC)
That's bad right? I kinda enjoy that show though.