The official viewing figure result for the 2021 New Year’s Special is out, along with Doctor Who’s final placement in the 2020 full year chart

The 28 Day number for Doctor Who’s Revolution of the Daleks has now been revealed by BARB. It shows that a total of 6.6m viewers have seen the New Year’s Day special. That’s up 0.35m from the +7 day number last reported. Though the size of the rise is in part due to a correction of an understatement in the original number. This is a total time shift of 1.91m since the original overnight rating, and includes the four screens number, where people caught up on the episode on phones, laptops and other devices.

It’s also up 1.43m (28%) on the 5.17m official rating for previous episode The Timeless Children. It is down 0.8m (11%) from last year’s New Year’s Day episode Spyfall Part One, however. Though that appears to have been the standard drop across television for the Christmas period. Strictly Come Dancing, Call the Midwife, and Emmerdale all fell the same amount year on year. Overall, Revolution of the Daleks finished 11th for the week.


Doctor Who Series 12 - Yaz (MANDIP GILL), Ryan (TOSIN COLE), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Graham (BRADLEY WALSH) in Spyfall - (C) BBC / BBC Studios - Photographer: Various
Spyfall Part One was the seventh most watched episode of returning dramas in 2020 – (C) BBC / BBC Studios – Photographer: Various

Meanwhile, Doctor Who placed just outside the Top 30 most watched TV shows of 2020

Of course this also means the complete viewing figures for the whole of 2020 are out. So we know where Doctor Who placed amongst the top programmes of the year. Spyfall Part One’s 7.4m viewers landed it a place at #32 for the year. The top program of the year was a special address by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the pandemic, with 18.99m. More relevantly, the top returning drama was Call the Midwife, at #11 overall with 9.75m, making Doctor Who the seventh highest rated returning drama of 2020, across all channels. It also placed just behind the BBC’s flagship soap opera EastEnders’ 7.46m.


The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Steve Schofield
The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Steve Schofield

Doctor Who will return later this year with Series 13, starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop


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