As the first two episodes of Series 12 receive their final results, Fugitive of the Judoon’s +7 and Praxeus’ overnights become available
We’re now 35 days into Doctor Who Series 12. The six episodes so far have sped past, with only four episodes remaining. But it also means that this week we don’t just have the overnight viewing figures for Praxeus, and the +7 weekly numbers for Fugitive of the Judoon. We also now have the final official ratings for Spyfall Parts One and Two.
Spyfall Part One has finished with a final result of 7.40m. This is an increase of 0.51m over the 6.89m who had watched it at the end of the first week. And, all together, it represents a total time-shift of 2.52m from the original overnight report of 4.88. This means that, ultimately, time-shifting represented 34.05% of the total; something worth remembering when looking at overnights of later episodes. It hasn’t, however, shifted the Series 12 premiere’s position as tenth out of twelve series openings so far. Though still notably higher than two of Peter Capaldi’s three premieres (The Magician’s Apprentice’s 6.54m and The Pilot’s 6.68m).
Spyfall Part Two has shown particularly strong time-shifting, making up 40% of its final result
Thanks to both episodes broadcasting in the same week, we also have the final viewing figures for the conclusion of the Master’s epic return. Spyfall Part Two’s final official viewing figure is 6.69m. This includes an even larger catch up than Part One, with 0.62m watching in the past three weeks. And it’s a total time-shift of 2.69m (a massive 40.02% of the total number). The large amount of catch up viewing for these episodes was no doubt helped by the busyness of the Christmas holiday period delaying people’s chance to see the episodes, along with the strong word of mouth about the Master’s shocking return. The overall result is 0.71m down on Part One, though the 6.9% drop that represents is just over half the 12.89% average episode one/episode two drop since 2005. Again, perhaps, signalling the strength of that cliffhanger.
Fugitive of the Judoon received 1.36m extra viewers in the week since transmission
Moving forward through time, Fugitive of the Judoon has a +7 rating at the end of its first week of 5.57m. This is due to a decent, if not remarkable, time-shift of 1.36m in the week since broadcast. The AI is also of particular interest this week. The Audience Appreciation index represents how much the audience actually enjoyed any given episode, with each viewer on the demographically weighted panel scoring it out of ten. The jaw-dropping episode which saw the return of Captain Jack and the revelation of a mysterious new incarnation of the Doctor, got an AI of 83/100, regarded as excellent.
Praxeus sees Doctor Who fall below 4m in overnights for the first time since 2017
Finally, last night’s adventure across three continents, Praxeus, had an initial overnight audience of 3.97m. Although the dip below 4m on overnights may be considered psychologically important in some ways, it’s also worth considering that Doctor Who has actually fallen below 4m on ten previous occasions. With Series 10’s Eaters of Light it even fell below 3m. And, based on the time-shifting of previous episodes this season, we can probably expect a final 28+ viewing figure of perhaps 5.1-5.4m.
Doctor Who continues at 7.10pm next Sunday on with Can You Hear Me?
From ancient Syria to present day Sheffield, and out into the wilds of space, something is stalking the Doctor and her friends. As Graham, Yaz and Ryan return home to see friends and family, they find themselves haunted by very different experiences. Who is the figure calling from beyond the stars for help, and why? And what are the fearsome Chagaskas terrorising Aleppo in 1380? To find the answers, Team Tardis embark on a mission that forces them to face their darkest fears.
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. Can You Hear Me? guest stars Clare-Hope Ashitey (Rakaya), Buorn Tihngang (Tibo) and Ian Gelder. It’s written by Charlene James and Chris Chibnall, and directed by Emma Sullivan.