Yesterday we published the brilliant consolidated rating numbers for Episode 1 and Episode 2 of Doctor Who Series 11. Now, BARB – Britain’s Broadcasters Audience Research – has released its 4 screen measurements for the new series and Episode One – The Woman Who Fell to Earth received a rating figure of 10.9 million viewers or 45.1% This makes Series 11 – Episode One the most popular series launch for Doctor Who since its return in 2005.
Christopher Eccleston premiere episode, Rose, received 10.8 milllion views to put this premiere number in prespective. It also makes Doctor Who the big drama hit of the year so far. In addition, The Woman Who Fell to Earth was a huge hit with the younger audiences achieving 1.8 million views from 16-34 year olds. BARB’s 4 screen measurement differs from the consolidated figure because it includes online viewing.
Chris Chibnall, Showrunner, says: “On behalf of the entire Doctor Who team, a huge thank you to viewers for taking Jodie’s Doctor and her new friends into their hearts, in such huge numbers. It’s a thrill being deluged with pictures of families snuggled up together, kids (and adults) hiding behind sofas (they actually do that!), and seeing all the extraordinary creative artwork inspired by the show. The journey of the Thirteenth Doctor is only just beginning. Next stop: Alabama 1955.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: “It’s incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor in such huge numbers. The brilliant Chris Chibnall’s new series is an epic adventure on every level, full of so much wit but a scary, edge of your seat adrenaline rush too.”
Doctor Who continues on BBC One this Sunday at 6.55pm with Episode 3 Rosa. The first two episodes are availabel on BBC iPlayer.