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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.

ericadawn16: Thoughtfulericadawn16 on May 25th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Two million for cable/satellite is actually extremely good.

Don't forget that Supernatural and PBS are FREE. They naturally would have more viewers.

Plus, making it even more difficult for BBCA, many providers have made BBCA a premium channel that requires a more expensive package. Even the Teen Mom 2 finale special earlier this month only got 1.8 million.
kilodaltonkilodalton on May 25th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Ehhh as merryghoul pointed out, Game of Thrones is ALSO getting more than twice what DW is getting - and it's on HBO!!

BBCA is a pretty cheap cable channel which comes bundled with pretty much all the other cheap channels, unlike HBO which is $$$ and you have to buy in a special movie package.
ericadawn16ericadawn16 on May 25th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Okay, Game of Thrones is a more fair comparison since I still have many friends who complain they cannot afford BBCA and/or cable period but they are able to watch the free channels including PBS and CW.

When I was looking back in 2006, DirectTv was the only carrier who had BBCA in its basic package. As far as I know, Dish still does NOT have it in its basic package.
kilodaltonkilodalton on May 25th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm glad she pointed that out, it's definitely a more apples to apples comparison!

I just looked it up on the Dish network website, it's currently in the $34/month package and included in every package other than the rock-bottom-minimum package.
ericadawn16: Sadericadawn16 on May 25th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
Yep, I was referring to the rock bottom, bare minimum package because that is what I had with DirecTv when first signing up and they were the only one to have BBCA in it.

BBCA just doesn't do well in ratings period. Their original show Copper which was referred to as a massive hit last year had 1.8 million viewers when it debuted but only had a little over a million with each episode after that. The fall premiere of DW only had 1.5 million viewers which actually means that the spring premiere improved on that although the 2 million is including replays in its first 24 hours.
kilodaltonkilodalton on May 26th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
Yeah they're not really known as a 'show' channel. HBO is expensive, but it has a decades-long reputation for quality shows that people talk about, that sizzle, and that kind of make a (small) cultural impact - Sex and the City, the Sopranos, Game of Thrones. BBCA doesn't have that reputation to draw in viewers, even if they were to have them in their cable package you could probably go years (like me!!) and not even realize it lol.