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Subj: Re: Complete Overnight Ratings?
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 at 05:52:17 pm GMT (Viewed 42 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Complete Overnight Ratings?
Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2022 at 09:45:04 pm GMT (Viewed 45 times)

    Antiques Roadshow = 2.26 (And yes...A repeat).

I had wondered why the BBC had pushed this series over to BBC2! Now I learn the simple answer to that is that it is a repeat... and that the BBC1 audience would rather turn over to this, and not watch Doctor Who.
It follows the pattern of Series 12 exactly.

    Britain's Got Talent = 5.2

    That's all I've got for the moment.

    The most eye opening fact I've found though is: When BGT started, 20 minutes into Doctor Who, there was almost no drop off in viewers. Indeed, the figures hovered around 2.2 throughout the episode.

    So is 2.2 million the baseline figure for Doctor Who? The number of die-hard fans who will tune in no matter what's on the other channels?

It appears that is the case. If you think on it even a poor series of Doctor Who has to have a bedrock audience, just as it did in 1987-89 when it was put against the impossible might of Coronation Street, so what we see here is a hardcore audience for the series. The show can be scraping the bottom of the riverbed in terms of audience share, but it will be guaranteed 2m no matter how bad the quality gets.

    I genuinely can't wait to see the figures for Jodie's finale. Even with such a major episode I wouldn't like to predict whether the ratings will get a boost, or actually drop further.

Yes, I think the die is now cast here - the evidence is undeniable that the mass audience is actively avoiding this era of Doctor Who. It is actively stepping aside when it comes on, and only comes back to BBC1 when it has finished. These are facts.

From what I see of the trailer for that episode it continues Chris Chibnall's policy of heavy-handed mythos and history, and is being made now purely for the fanbase. Or at least the fanbase found on Social media...

I want RTD to succeed when he take up full control of the series, but after this result I am starting to wonder whether even his midas touch will be able to get the mass audience to give the series another chance.
I want him to succeed, but after Chibnall and Whittaker's contribution he has an incredible challenge to overcome - he has to somehow win over an audience who have turned away from the show. The damage to it being too great to stick with anymore.

Not for a minute can I believe Chris Chibnall is Russell Davies' "hero".

He had to have said that in deep irony.... \(fear\)

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