BARB, the body which compiles viewing figures for British television, have released the overnight numbers for It Takes You Away. In addition, we now have the 7+ results for The Witchfinders and final 28 Day figures for Arachnids in the UK and The Tsuranga Conundrum.
It Takes You Away, the tense dark psychological thriller that formed the penultimate episode of this season of Doctor Who, was watched by 5.07m people overnight. This represents a fall of 490,000 (10%) on last week’s episode, The Witchfinders. It is, however, up 42% on the viewing figures of the equivalent episode last year – Empress of Mars, which had an overnight of 3.58m.
The Witchfinders adds 1.55m in the Weekly numbers, but sees Doctor Who fall out of the Top Ten
Meanwhile over the past week The Witchfinders itself added 1.55m extra viewers to its initial result. This bring the total consolidated number for The Witchfinders to 7.21m. This includes 223,000 who watched on other devices such as laptops, smartphones or tablets. This is a 250,000 (3%) drop, overall, from previous episode Kerblam! but is a 50% Year on Year rise compared to the 4.82m 7+ number for The Lie of the Land.
This also saw Doctor Who drop to 17th in the weekly chart due to it now encountering the downside to its new slot – I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! The competitive reality shows benefits from a combination of its massive following and weekly airings. Due to this it dominated the weekly top ten and squeezed out almost all other shows. This can be expected to continue for the remainder of Series 11’s run as the two shows’ runs overlap.
Arachnids in the UK and The Tsuranga Conundrum receive their final ratings to cement one of Doctor Who’s strongest ever runs
Two more episodes have now received their final 28 day consolidated number. Arachnids in the UK has achieved a final result of 8.7m while the following episode, The Tsuranga Conundrum, finishes on 8.32m. These numbers represent a 40% and 42% increase from Series 10 (against Knock, Knock and Oxygen respectively).
Due to ever changing viewing habits, the 28 Day result is increasingly considered the true test of a show’s success. Series 11 now has this important final result for the entire first half of the season. It marks only the second time in Doctor Who’s modern history that five or more episodes in a row have finished on over 8m. The previous time being the eleven episode run from Midnight to The Beast Below. That included David Tennant’s 2009 specials -though, it should be noted, that was back the 7+ numbers were considered final.
A breakdown of the first half of this season can be seen below:
The adventure continues…
Doctor Who concludes this Sunday at 6.30pm GMT on BBC One and at 8pm EST on BBC America with The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos by Chris Chibnall. For further broadcast times in your region, check local listings. Series 11 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien) and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair).
The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos guest stars Mark Addy (Paltraki), Phyllis Logan (Andinio), and Percelle Ascott (Delph) and is directed by Jamie Childs.
On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield. But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets. Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux?
“The answers will lead the Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.