Overnights for Can You Hear Me? +7 numbers for Praxeus and the final viewing figures for Orphan 55 paint a picture of a show levelling to a consistent performance
As we continue further into Doctor Who Series 12, a clearer picture is emerging of the viewing figures settling down. While Series 11 saw an, actually fairly typical, slow decline over the ten episodes, Series 12 appears to show a drop for the initial two-parter Spyfall, followed by a leveling off. As we shall see, comparing episodes three to six, the results are, so far, very steady.
The Apocalyptic horror of Orphan 55 now has a final viewing figures result
But first we look at the final rating for Orphan 55. A month on from broadcast, BARB have issued the official result for the holiday-from-hell adventure. And it shows that Orphan 55 was seen by an audience of 5.89m. This is an increase of 1.7m from its initial overnight of 4.19m. It includes 0.61m extra viewers on Catch Up since the +7 number three weeks ago. That +7 number, we should note for later, was 5.38m.
Along with the +7 number for Praxeus, the message from the middle section of Doctor Who Series 12 is consistency
And the +7 number has been revealed for last week’s Praxeus. The tale of a plastic eating virus from beyond the stars was originally seen by 3.97m people last week. But a further 1.25m have now been added to that as viewers use catch up services, and recordings, to get up to date on their Who watching. This brings the +7 number for Praxeus to 5.22m. It’s strikingly consistent with the +7 number of 5.25 for Orphan 55, three weeks before. Indeed if we look at the +7 numbers for the middle of the season, they’re spaced tightly together.
5.38m – Orphan 55
5.20m – Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror
5.57m – Fugitive of the Judoon
5.22m – Praxeus
Can You Hear Me? hit a similar target, but the question remains over whether we can expect a finale bump from the Cybermen’s return
So it’s probably a reasonable guess to hazard that the +7 numbers for the next couple of episodes will also also feature in the 5.1-5.7m range. And in the upper five millions in the final +28 viewing figures. It’s a sense further underlined by the overnight rating for last night’s story of gods and nightmares. Can You Hear Me? was seen by 3.81m on Sunday night, down fractionally on the previous episode and suggesting we can expect a similar result in the ballpark of 5.2m/5.8m for the +7/+28 numbers once we have them.
Whether we get a bump of any size for the two part finale Ascension of the Cybermen/The Timeless Children, will depend in large part on promotion of the episodes, along with audience anticipation for the return of the Cybermen (their first appearance since 2017) and the hope of some answers to the series arc. And it’s certainly true that the arc heavy episodes of Spyfall Parts One and Two, and Fugitive of the Judoon have been the highest rated this season.
Doctor Who continues at 7.10pm this Sunday on with The Haunting of Villa Diodati
‘Nobody mention Frankenstein. Nobody interfere. Nobody snog Byron.’ Should be easy, right?
The Doctor and her gang arrive at the Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva in 1816 on the night that inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The plan is to spend the evening soaking up the atmos in the presence of some literary greats, but the ghosts are all too real, and the Doctor is forced into a decision of earth-shattering proportions.
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. The Haunting of Villa Diodati guest stars Lili Miller (Mary Shelley), Jacob Collins-Levy (Lord Byron), Lewis Rainer (Percy Bysse Shelley), Maxim Baldry (Dr John Polidori). It’s written by Maxine Alderton and Chris Chibnall, and directed by Emma Sullivan.