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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.

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kilodaltonkilodalton on May 25th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
So there is another bump in the ratings if you could ever get an accurate internet statistic. Which you probably never could.

Yeah exactly. Not only would there be no way to tease out duplicate viewers, but those numbers aren't available. (Of course, in the case of iPlayer they ARE available to the BBC - they have to be, the BBC has to restrict viewers based on UK IP address - but they don't tell us VIEWERS. They tell us VIEWS. Which is very, very, very different and most likely hugely inflated - I used to work for an internet media company, I am aware of these tricks XD)

I would love to see your graph with all the screw up results (x-mas specials, seasons openers and finales) just to see...

I'll make one of the Xmas specials just for you >.^ But I've already done the minus-finales-and-premieres one, and the slope of s7 is still negative. Which NEVER happens. Has never ever ever ever ever before happened in NuWho - curious to see if it ever happened in Classic Who, I was able to find those numbers so I'll look there too. But yeah, s7 = not the best lol).
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kilodaltonkilodalton on May 25th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hahahaaaaa!!! It's OK =) I updated it through Nightmare in Silver and it still shows a negative slope, which I would not be super happy about if I were the BBC.

Final ratings for the finale should be in by tomorrow I hope and I'll update my post then so that all graphs will be updated at once!!!! =)