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Trent Trueheart

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Subj: Re: Complete Overnight Ratings?
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2022 at 06:05:47 pm GMT (Viewed 31 times)
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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2022 at 12:41:24 pm GMT (Viewed 37 times)

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Yes. It is a fact that a potion of the audience do switch on to a channel and show and only half watch it, if at all... either they are entertaining friends, with family, doing the ironing, or whatever. The television is on as 'background noise'.

But what you are commenting on is the visible reality shown by the overnight results that the BBC1 audience actively tends to step aside when Doctor Who is on, and only comes back once it is finished.

For a sample of that in effect:

[BBC1] Doctor Who: The Haunting of Villa Diodati - 7.10pm (3.86m overnight viewers)(Countryfile 6.10pm 4.91m )
[BBC2] Ski Sunday - 7pm
[ITV] Dancing on Ice - 6pm till 8pm (4.63m overnight viewers)
[CH4] The Great Pottery Throwdown - 7pm
[Ch5] Secrets of Royal Palaces (documentary) 7pm

[BBC1] Doctor Who: Ascension of the Cybermen- 7.10pm (3.71m overnight viewers)(Countryfile 6.10pm 4.84m )
[BBC2] Russia, with Simon Reeve - 7pm
[ITV] Dancing on Ice - 6pm till 8pm (4.63m)
[CH4] The Great Pottery Throwdown - 7pm
[Ch5] Royal Protocols:Breaking the Rules (documentary) 7pm

[BBC1] Doctor Who: The Timeless Children- 6.50pm (3.78m overnight viewers)(Countryfile at 6.10pm Gained 4.44m ) While just after Doctor Who 'The Antiques Roadshow' had 4.41 million watching, on the night.
[BBC2] Russia, with Simon Reeve - 7pm
[ITV] Dancing on Ice - 6pm till 8pm (4.14m)
[CH4] The Great Pottery Throwdown - 7pm
[Ch5] All the Queen's Horses (documentary) 7pm

The ratings for Season 12 therefore looked like this on the overnights:

Dancing on Ice (ITV 6pm): 5.13m, 4.51m, 4.52m, 4.42m, 4.49m, 4.84m, 4.63m, 4.39m, 4.14m.
Countryfile(BBC1 6.10pm): 5.04m, 5.13m, 5.23m, 5.07m, 5.24m, 4.91m, 4.84m, 4.44m.
Doctor Who (BBC1 7.10pm): 4.88m, 4.60m, 4.19m, 4.04m, 4.21m, 3.97m, 3.81m, 3.86m, 3.71m, 3.78m.

After Doctor Who on BBC1 was a combination of either The Antiques Roadshow or Call the Midwife, both outperforming Doctor Who.

Doctor Who very clearly the sick-man of the Sunday evening television schedules - that is not my opinion, it is a visible reality.

I'll admit I know nothing about UK ratings and demographics, but the scheduling seems horrible. I don't know what Countryfile is, but from the description I would guess it has an older audience than Doctor Who. I just don't know if you could expect any crossover in those audiences.

With Dancing on Ice, I assume those are new (live?) episodes. Any audience that is interested in that and Doctor Who probably aren't going to switch over mid episode to watch Doctor Who. So it is possible, however slight, that Dancing on Ice could be eating into Doctor Who's ratings.

I just don't know what the best possible ratings for Doctor Who are at this point. This current version of the show has been on for 17 years and a lot has changed over that time. The 4-5 million viewers that the show gets today could be the equivalent of the 8-10 million that show was pulling in 17 years ago.

I also don't know what the best ratings a show can pull in that timeslot is. Are there any shows that are doing 6-7 million in that timeslot at anytime of the year? What is the average that BBC1 does in that timeslot throughout the year?

I get that the ratings don't look good, I just don't know what you or anyone else is expecting them to be. Even if the show was at a creative high, would the ratings reflect that?

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