As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 3 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 14 May 2012

Legend Of The Sea Devils - Official 7 Day RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 April 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Legend Of The Sea Devils: Ji-Hun (ARTHUR LEE) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon)

Doctor Who - Legend Of The Sea Devils, had an official 7-day rating of 3.47 million viewers.

The figure includes all those who watched the episode within 1 week of transmission. The figure is a substantial increase over the initial overnight figure and was enough to make Doctor Who the highest-rated programme on BBC Television for the day.

Overall Doctor Who was the third most-watched programme on British Television for the day, with ITV's drama The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe taking top place.

Doctor Who was the 24th most-watched programme for the week.

The rise from the overnight figure was enough to prevent The Legend of the Sea Devils becoming the lowest-rated episode in Doctor Who history.  That accolade is still held by episode one of the 1989 story Battlefield with 3.1 million watching.  It does however mean that the Sea Devil episode is the lowest-rated story since the series returned in 2005.

Doctor Who will return for one more story in 2022, a climactic regeneration story shown to mark the BBC's 100th birthday, before a new production team, headed up by Russell T Davies, takes over for series 14. 





FILTER: - Ratings - UK - Broadcast

Legend Of The Sea Devils - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 18 April 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Legend Of The Sea Devils (Credit: BBC/Getty Images)

Doctor Who - Legend Of The Sea Devils, had an audience of 2.2 million according to unofficial overnight viewing figures. 

The figure is disappointing for the series, making Doctor Who the 11th most-watched programme on Easter Sunday. 

Doctor Who was pitched against  Britain's Got Talent on ITV 1,  which won the day with 5.2 million watching.  The new ITV drama The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe on ITV had an overnight audience of 4.71m.

Final figures, released next week, will include those who recorded the episode and who watched it later. 

The current lowest rated episode of Doctor Who was the first episode of the 1989 story Battlefield, which has 3.10 million viewers

 





FILTER: - Ratings - UK

Eve of the Daleks - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Sunday, 2 January 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Eve of the Daleks -  Sarah (AISLING BEA), Yasmin Khan (MANDIP GILL), Dan (JOHN BISHOP), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) (Credit: BBC/James Pardon)

Doctor Who - Eve of the Daleks has an audience of 3.21 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures.

 

Doctor Who was the sixth most-watched programme of the day, with BBC One's The Tourist taking top spot with 4.59 million watching. 

The figure is a drop of over a million from last year's New Year's Day episode on a day where ratings were down across the board. 

Final results, including those who watch the programme within seven days, will be released next week. 

 

 

 





FILTER: - Ratings - UK

Series 13 RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 13 December 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Episode 1 (Credit: James Pardon / BBC Studios)

The final episode of Series 13: Doctor Who Flux, The Vanquishers, had a seven-day rating of 4.61 million viewers.

 

The rating made Doctor Who the 6th most-watched programme on BBC Television for the week and the 26th most-watched on all British television.  The chart was dominated by ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get me out of here with 6 of the top ten places. The most-watched programme of the week was Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. 

 

The rating gave Doctor Who an average rating of 5.15 million for the year 2021. This is the lowest annual rating since the programme returned in 2005. However, the series scored lower than 5 million in 1986, 1987 and 1989.

In terms of chart position, each episode appeared in the list of top 30 programmes of the week. 

With the conclusion of Series 13, Doctor Who has broadcast 868 episodes which, if you watched them back to back, would last 17 days, 20 hours and 40 minutes. 

 

Series 13 Ratings
TITLE Time Length  7 Day Rating AI Position
Chapter One: The Halloween Apocalypse  6:26 pm  49:55  5.81m  76   8th
Chapter Two: War of The Sontarans  6:16 pm  59:24  5.13m  77  13th
Chapter Three: Once, Upon Time  6:30 pm  49:03  4.70m  75  19th
Chapter Four: Village of the Angels  6:19 pm  56:35  4.57m  79  18th
Chapter Five: Survivors of the Flux  6:26 pm  50:34  4.83m  77  21st
Chapter Six: The Vanquishers  6:22 pm  59:16  4.64m  76  26th

some data has been updated by BARB following the initial release

 

The full list of Doctor Who Ratings since the launch in 1963 can be found on the Doctor Who Guide

 





FILTER: - Ratings - UK

Ratings LatestBookmark and Share

Monday, 6 December 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Flux Chapter 6 - The Vanquishers:  (Credit: BBC Studios (Sam Taylor))

Doctor Who The Vanquishers was watched by 3.58 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures. This is a slight drop from episode 5's 3.82 million

It was the day's fifth most-watched programme of the day.

The seven-day consolidated figure, which includes all those who watch the episode within one week. for Episode Five: Survivors of the Flux was 4.72 million. 

Doctor Who was the 9th most-watched programme on BBC Television for the week and the 25th most-watched on all British television for the week. 





FILTER: - Ratings - UK - Broadcast

Ratings UpdateBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Village of the Angels: Jericho (Kevin Mcnally), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Claire (Annabel Scholey) (Credit: BBC Studios (BBC Studios))

Doctor Who Village of the Angels was watched by 3.45 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figure is a slight drop from last week's episode. Top for the evening was I'm A Celebrity on ITV1 with 8.03 million watching.

The seven-day consolidated figure, which includes all those who watch the episode within one week. for Episode Three: Once, Upon Time was 4.67 million. This is the lowest seven-day consolidated rating since the series returned in 2005.

However, In terms of chart position, Doctor Who is still performing strongly. It was the 6th most-watched programme on BBC Television for the week and the 19th most-watched on all British television.





FILTER: - Series 13/Season 39 - Ratings - Uk

War of The Sontarans - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
War of The Sontarans: Mary (Sara Powell), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))

 

Doctor Who War of The Sontarans was watched by 3.96 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figure is a drop of half a million from last week's season premiere, not unusual for the second episode of a season.

The final consolidated figure, which includes all those who watch the episode within one week. for the The Halloween Apocalypse was 5.79 million.

This made Doctor Who the 9th most-watched programme on British television for the week ending 31st October. 

 

 





FILTER: - Ratings - UK

Revolution of the Daleks - Official Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Saturday, 9 January 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Revolution of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios)

Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks had a final official rating of 6.25 million viewers.

The final rating takes into account all those who recorded the programme and watched it within one week. 

The rating confirms Doctor Who as the top-rated BBC One programme for New Year's Day, beating EastEnders which had 4.36 million watching and Mrs Brown's Boys with 4.87 million.

Overall Doctor Who was second for the day, with Coronation Street just claiming the top spot with 6.39 million viewers.

Doctor Who is likely to finish the week as the 8th most-watched programme, the same position held by the New Year 2020 programme SpyFall

The most-watched programme for the week ending 3rd January was Happy New Year Live! with 9.92 million watching London mark the start of 2021.

 





FILTER: - Ratings - UK

Revolution - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Saturday, 2 January 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Revolution of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios)

Doctor Who - Revolution of the Daleks had an overnight viewing audience of 4.69 million viewers.

The figure made Doctor Who the most-watched programme on BBC One for New Year's Day. Doctor Who had a 21.1% share of the total TV audience.

Top overall was ITV's Evening News with 5.5 million viewers while Coronation Street came second with 5.0 million watching. Against The Doctor, Emmerdale had 4.6 million watching.

On BBC One Eastenders had 3.3 million while the comedy Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.7 million viewers. 

Final official figures should be available next week.

 





FILTER: - Ratings - UK - Broadcasting

Timeless Children - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 9 March 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Timeless Children: The Master (Sacha Dhawan), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))
The conclusion to this year's series of Doctor Who, The Timeless Children, had an official rating of 4.69 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

The figure is the lowest consolidated figure for an epiosde of Doctor Who since the series returned in 2005, a record previously held by the 2017 story, The Eaters of Light. Out of 861 episodes of Doctor Who broadcast since 1963, only 33 have achieved a lower rating.

To put the figue in perspective, it was still the 30th most-watched programme on British TV for the week, much higher that the position achieved by the majority of episodes of Doctor Who shown over the years. The episode had a 21.5% share of the total TV audience.

In detail 4.55 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. An additional 70,000 watched on their PC, 39,000 watched on a Tablet device and 34,000 watched on a smartphone.

Top for the week was Ant and Dec's Saturday Takeaway on ITV with 7.41 million watching. The top BBC programme was the drama Death in Paradise with 6.78 million.

Doctor Who had an Appreciation Index score of 82

The average viweing figures for 2020 now stands at 5.40m as oposed to 7.96m for Series 11 in 2018. This is lower than Series 10 which averaged 5.64m. It is still higher than the lowest rated season, season 26 which averaged 4.31m .




FILTER: - Ratings - Series 12/38 - UK