Final ratings data for the week ending 2nd September 2012 have now been released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board or BARB, putting Doctor Who as the sixth most-watched programme of the week on British television.
Asylum of the Daleks was the third most-watched programme on BBC television for the week, with the crime series New Tricks taking top place followed by EastEnders. ITV had two episodes of Coronation Street and one of The X Factor in the list above the Doctor. While BBC One BARB listings include those watching on BBC One HD, ITV listings do not include ITV HD or ITV+1 which need to be added to the main channel statistics in order to compare like for like.
The chart position of 6th is equal to last year's series opener The Impossible Astronaut.
In the long history of Doctor Who only 14 of the 785 episodes broadcast achieved a higher chart position.
The final ratings figure does not include those watching on iPlayer where over 600,000 people accessed the episode in the first three days.