Doctor Who’s Spyfall Part One, along with Dracula, prove the big winners of catch-up TV for New Year’s Day

The +7 viewing figures for New Year’s Day are now available. Reflecting a week of catch up viewing, they show a remarkable shift in the chart and bring Doctor Who’s Spyfall and Dracula’s Rules of the Beast toe to toe. And it’s shaping up to be a race to the finish. Who will claim the #1 spot for New Year’s Day in the final viewing figures released in three weeks time?

Readers will remember from our original article that Spyfall Part One was #2 for the day in overnights, with 4.88m viewers compared to Emmerdale’s 5m. However, as expected, the Dales based soap opera didn’t add much to its total in time shifting. As a result it has dropped down the chart in the week since. Doctor Who, meanwhile, appears to have benefited from the strong word of mouth of the episode, along with people waiting for Part Two to air before watching both together. The result was an additional 2.02m viewers to make a weekly total of 6.9m for the week. This includes 200,000 who watched the show on laptops, tablets and phones.

Doctor Who - Spyfall - S12E1 - Daniel Barton (LENNY HENRY), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ben Blackall
Doctor Who – Spyfall – S12E1 – Daniel Barton (LENNY HENRY), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Ben Blackall

Dracula has made an astonishing turnaround from its initial overnight results

This was as expected for Doctor Who, and for the Moffat/Gatiss adaptation of Dracula too. After all that started a three part mini-series, airing nightly and starting at 9pm on a major family holiday. As such, it was always known it would benefit from binge watchers. People waiting for all three episodes to be out before watching the first. But its climb has been astonishing, with almost half his viewers in the first week coming from time-shifting. It added 3.43m to its original 3.57m to make a total of 7m. This means it just pips Doctor Who at the post to become the #1 show of New Year’s Day in the +7 numbers.

But with only 100,000 between them, and 21 days to go before the final consolidated numbers are compiled, the battle between our time traveller and her vampire rival isn’t over quite yet. But what it’s already showing us is that in the viewing habits picked up in a world of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ are impacting how we consume regular TV as well. And that the long journey of overnights into irrelevance is accelerating.

 

Series 12 - The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) in Doctor Who: Orphan 55- (C) BBC - Photographer: Ben Blackall
The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) in Doctor Who: Orphan 55- (C) BBC – Photographer: Ben Blackall

Doctor Who Series 12 continues at 7.10pm on Sunday with Orphan 55

Having decided that everyone could do with a holiday, the Doctor takes Graham, Yasmin, Ryan to a luxury resort for a spot of rest and relaxation. However, they discover the place where they are having a break is hiding a number of deadly secrets. What are the ferocious monsters that are attacking Tranquillity Spa?

Doctor Who Series 12 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Tosin Cole (Ryan). Chris Chibnall is showrunner, with Matthew Strevens Executive Producer. Orphan 55 is written by Ed Hime and directed by Lee Haven Jones. Guest starring Laura Fraser and James Buckley.

 

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