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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.

giallarhorn: Olivia Specs!giallarhorn on May 26th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw a few articles of the sort commenting on how DW had taken off in the US (which isn't to say that it hasn't garnered fans and viewers but the language used would imply a lot more) but in terms of raw viewership, 2 million seems low compared to shows like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead which pull a lot more viewers.

But it's hard to account for the whole cable aspect of it (I'm not sure at all where BBCA falls in terms of cable packaging) and that I feel like a lot of the viewers in the US rely on the internet for actual viewing as opposed to BBCA (see the case with GoT as well).