In the initial +7 ratings Revolution of the Daleks is just 0.14m behind first place

The initial +7 viewing figures for New Year’s Day are now out, and reveal Revolution of the Daleks has been seen by at least 6.25m people in its first week. That adds 1.56m to its original figure and is the most substantial time-shift Doctor Who has enjoyed for some time. It also sees it retain first place for the BBC on New Year’s Day. And it climbs from third place to second place overall. It’s sitting just 0.14m behind the current first place holder – the less time-shift friendly Coronation Street. So it seems very likely to finish as the New Year’s Day winner in the official final ratings. It’s also set to finish comfortably within the top ten for the week (including news programs.) Furthermore, it’s likely to climb yet hire in the final numbers.

This is the highest +7 viewing figure for Doctor Who since last year’s Spyfall Part One. Though lower than any episode in Series 11, it’s higher than all but three episodes in Series 9 and 10 (which averaged 5.75m an episode). On the other hands, it’s the lowest +7 figure for a special yet, with the next lowest being 2019’s Resolution with 7.13m. But it should be considered that there are currently problems with the measurement of the BBC’s four screen metrics. This metric measures those viewing on iPlayer, laptops, and phones. And therefore we know that Doctor Who’s results are somewhat understated. Whether this is fixed for the final +28 results or not remains to be seen.

Captain Jack's not the only old friend first introduced in 2005 to make a return in Revolution of the Daleks... - (C) BBC - Photographer: James Pardon Captain Jack Harkness
Captain Jack and friend in Revolution of the Daleks – (C) BBC – Photographer: James Pardon

Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks may yet finish on top for New Year’s Day

One interesting point of comparison, though, is that had Revolution aired on the old Christmas Day slot it would still have finished sixth for the day. That’s the same placement as during the Capaldi Era for its Christmas specials. It also makes Doctor Who the second highest rated non-soap drama of the entire Christmas period across all channels, behind Call the Midwife’s 8.04m.

Doctor Who’s final result won’t be known until the 29th of January at the earliest. Blogtor Who will let you know then if it’s overtaken Coronation Street to win the race for New Year’s Day.


Doctor Who Series 11 - Episode 2 - The Ghost Monument - The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), The TARDIS - (C) BBC / BBC Studios - Photographer: Coco Van Oppens
The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) in the TARDIS, ready for new adventures – (C) BBC / BBC Studios – Photographer: Coco Van Oppens

Doctor Who Series 13, starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop, is currently filming. Doctor Who will return!




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