Steady as she goes as Series 12 continues to plot a consistent line through the viewing figures

It’s another busy week in the world of Doctor Who viewing figures. Not only do we have the overnight results for last night’s The Haunting of Villa Diodati, but also the +7 update for Can You Hear Me? and the final official result for Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror. And between them they continue the trend of one of the show’s most consistent seasons.

Let’s start with the spine tingling first round of the Doctor’s battle with the Lone Cyberman. The Haunting of Villa Diodati was seen by 3.86m people. This was up fifty thousand on the previous week’s Can You Hear Me? and means that the past six episodes have all had overnights within a slim 0.4m range, between 3.81m (Can You Hear Me?) and 4.21m (Fugitive of the Judoon). It also represents Doctor Who bucking a trend for the night. Possibly due to Storm Dennis adding to the Frankenstein atmosphere, Doctor Who held firm even though Dancing on Ice, Countryfile, and Call the Midwife all saw their numbers fall.


Mandip Gill as Yaz, Tosin Cole as Ryan, Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Buom Tihngang as Tibo, Bradley Walsh as Graham – Doctor Who _ Season 12, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: James Pardon/BBC Studios/BBC America

Can You Hear Me? hasn’t quite hit 5m viewers… yet

The same message on consistency continues into the +7 numbers. Representing the additional viewers who caught on Doctor Who, via iPlayer, streaming or recordings in the week since transmission they’ve added 1-2m to the initial overnights every week this year. Can You Hear Me? was no exception with the Djinn inspired adventure adding 1.09m to its audience. This means Can You Hear Me? has a +7 viewing figure of 4.9m. While this is the first time in Series 12 that an episode has fallen below 5m in the +7s it can be expected to climb to around 5.5m in its final result.



Doctor Who S12E04 - Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror - The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Dorothy Skerrit (HALEY McGEE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ben Blackall
Doctor Who S12E04 – Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror – The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Dorothy Skerrit (HALEY McGEE) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Ben Blackall

We know have final official results for the first four episodes

We also have the final viewing figures number for Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror. Having been originally seen by 4.04m people a month ago, an extra 1.75m viewers have seen it since. This gives Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror a final and official number of 5.8m. And based on the results we have so far, this is they type of area we can probably expect most of the following episodes to land too. It should also be interesting to get the final viewing figures for Fugitive of the Judoon next week, as both one of the higher rated episodes this year and one with strong word of mouth.

Doctor Who - Series 12 - The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) BBC / BBC Studios - Photographer: Alan Clarke
Doctor Who – Series 12 – The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC / BBC Studios – Photographer: Alan Clarke

Doctor Who continues at 7.10pm next Sunday on with Ascension of the Cybermen

The aftermath of the Great CyberWar. The Doctor arrives in the far future, intent on protecting the last of the human race from the deadly Cybermen. But in the face of such a relentless enemy, has she put her best friends at risk? What terrors lie hiding in the depths of space, and what is Ko Sharmus?

Series 12 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Tosin Cole (Ryan), with Chris Chibnall as Showrunner and Matt Strevens Executive Producing. Ascension of the Cybermen guest stars Julie Graham (Ravio), Patrick O’Kane (Ashad) and Steve Toussaint (Feekat). It’s written by Chris Chibnall, and directed by Jamie Magnus Stone (Spyfall Part One, Praxeus)


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