Doctor Who won the night of his return for BBC One.
Overnight figures show New Earth kept an average of 8 million viewers entertinained, with a peak of 8.3. The commerical opposition was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with an average of 5 million. The other offerings were Strictly Dance Fever (3.8 million) and Deal or No Deal (2.9 million).
Chamber of Secrets was a repeat, next week an episode of Midsomer Murders is scheduled against Tooth and Claw.
But considering that Dr Who once used to consistently rate over the 10 million mark from Seasons 12 - 15, should we still be very impressed by this?
date: 23/04/2006 14:38 GMT
This was pretty good--you need to compare the figures to the opposition on the night, not a historical figure. When Ark in Space topped 12 million its opposition was two TV stations--the commercial ITV and the eccentric younger sibling BBC Two. And the City of Death miracle of 16 million looks less impressive when you consider that ITV was on strike. Adding it up you'll see they estimate maybe 19 million terrestrial TV viewers that night. Versus sattelite, video and the sodding internet it's a whopping triumph.
Consider this. Milton Berle's Your Show of Shows regulalry got 60 shares in the late '40s. TV executives were so happy they signed him up for twenty years. Considering there were about ten TV sets in the country, it was a legendary commercial mistake. By the time another ten (twenty, thousand, million) sold it was pretty apparent that while he might be popular, he wasn't *that* popular!
Very clever, Master.
I did not think of all that.
Why don't you work for the ABC??????
date: 24/04/2006 01:52 GMT
Y'know, the last time I was in education I had a lecturer say same thing with more emphasis ("I can't beleive you don't work for the ABC."). Short answer "I don't know how!". Long answer "There's whole degrees set up to qualify people for journalism, and more emphasis on outsourcing than ever."