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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.

Katedeepdarkness on May 28th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
It makes me very curious about what the BBC is going to do when the final ratings come in and they realise that they've kept Moffat on for series 8. Because they can use whatever language they like in public but in the office they must be conscious of what is happening to the show, and that keeping the same showrunner on is a bad move. Particularly because this is the Anniversary year, and (as I think you've pointed out in the graph post) they probably thought their ratings would be very high.

You should totally send the final graphs to the BBC. From all of us worried fans to them. (Because, as someone who loves this show and would like to write for it some day, I am worried.)