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July 10th, 2010 35 comments

Doctor Who Series 5 Final ratings

Doctor Who Series 5 Final ratings

The final total viewing figures for the last 2 episodes of series 5 were not immediately available via the official BARB website but have now been disclosed.

All figures include the HD channel but not BBC i player which in itself has achieved very high downloads figures with every episode achieving well over 1m views. The AI for the last 2 episodes were also very high and the best of the series.

This year has seen a big shift in viewing habits with less people watching the programme “live”, instead choosing to record and watch it later or make use of the i player.

The final figures are as follows…

The Eleventh Hour 10.08 million

The Beast Below 8.4 million

Victory of the Daleks 8.2 million

The Time of Angels 8.6 million

Flesh and Stone 8.5 million

The Vampires of Venice 7.7 million

Amy’s Choice 7.5m

The Hungry Earth 6.5m

Cold Blood 7.5m

Vincent and the Doctor 6.8m

The Lodger 6.44m

The Pandorica Opens 7.58m

The Big Bang 6.7m

Source for final 2 episodes: Doctor Who News page


  • :)

    December 23rd, 2010 - 3:23pm

    ^ ^

    Generally a good series! dissapointed by Big bang getting only 6.7m! 🙁
    But maybe series 6 will have better ratings! 🙂 Fingers Crossed!

  • BrianSnail

    November 12th, 2010 - 6:40pm

    I agree the ratings drops were due to good weather. As someone else has pointed out, Parting of the Ways got even less. Maybe thats why they’re splitting the series in two next year, it’s sure to get better ratings on cold wet autumn nights

  • H Mort

    October 27th, 2010 - 12:57am

    The thing is you can see where David Tennant fans have abandonned the series just because he left, and you can see fans who clung on because they loved the series, then it just drops :/ I think the whole series is summarised by how Steven Mofat came up with one of the best doctor whos ever- Blink, and then managed to completely murder it. Loving all of the stupid changes by the way, technicolour darleks, why did no-one think of that before? Yeah that was sarcasm >.<

  • Dave

    October 26th, 2010 - 2:29am

    The reason the ratings are continually falling is obvious when you look at the thing objectively – the acting is all over the place, the stories have holes in logic big enough to drive a truck through, the TARDIS interior looks like someone’s grotty garage, and seemingly no one is editing the scripts! I have loved Dr. Who for years, but the current series is barely watchable. People criticise Russell Davies a good deal, but the man’s writing was good, most of the stories made sense, the lead actors had sufficient experience and gravitas to carry the roles, and frankly, the previous retinue of characters were better formed and much more appealing. The current bunch come across as half-witted upstarts. Who will save the universe now? Certainly not this bumbling buffoon of a Doctor and his precious know-it-all sidekick. The potential for this show is huge, but not in the hands of Moffat et al. He has demonstrated his inability to hold it all together. I predict that ratings will stay low or even continue to fall, and if they do, it may be the kiss of death for Dr. Who. Bring on some real actors and competent writers before it is too late!

  • martin morgan

    October 8th, 2010 - 10:30pm

    sorry to say but the fact is its gone back to the late 70 s without russel at the helm there s no carector s we care about no tension no cant waite for the next series all the above sums it up wrong producer sorry but chris and tennent era was more egsiting to whatch matt is brilliant in the roll but they have got to look back at that era before its cancelled again i v been a fan from the late 60 s so this is not an easy critisisum to make

  • who mind

    October 3rd, 2010 - 10:47am

    good ratings this year better than in the 1985-1989 period lowest rating was 3.1 million! david tennants last ep got 13 million and matt smiths firts ep got 10.8 million!

  • nomers

    September 22nd, 2010 - 11:26pm

    i think the last one the big bagn was cool the weding party was funny whatch him dance the 11 dr made me laugh is that what you call a dance

  • Chris the Master

    September 20th, 2010 - 11:55pm

    I dont think this series was as good the first 4 of the new gen and a couple of the show’s were proper dodgy but it was a new team and thay probably needed a bit of time to get it right i think thay just need to look at whats already been done and learn from that
    also no more shows like the lodger one cos that was BAD!!!!!!!!

  • Jack

    August 11th, 2010 - 11:27am

    It’s simple, it was the hot weather. Nuff said.

  • Nigel M

    August 9th, 2010 - 10:18pm

    @de379, opinions vary as to the sizeable drop in audience. My view is that the BBC tried to change too much too quickly – new Doctor, new assistant, new Tardis, new producer, new titles, new theme tune. It was almost wiping the slate clean and starting again, and they were never going to please everyone with that many changes especially “post-Tennant”.

  • 1

    August 9th, 2010 - 4:04pm

    of the topic but what ever happened to the blue peter designed tardis as we did not see it in series 5

  • de379

    August 6th, 2010 - 7:20am

    my faverite episode was the big bang
    why has the show lost veiwers this year

  • crazy fan

    August 1st, 2010 - 8:27pm

    At first when i saw the new, doctor(11) he look like, a geek but he very very good on doctor who. i still miss David Tenannt.:)

  • Anonymous

    August 1st, 2010 - 2:29pm

    bring teneant back before uts to late!

  • Rob4

    August 1st, 2010 - 11:36am

    people have different viewing habits now. i watched every episode on iplayer. its on at the wrong time for me.

  • MP Flydale North

    July 23rd, 2010 - 7:12am

    so my question is, who was it talking when River Song was in the TARDIS who said “silence will fall”? we never figured that out?

  • king gerbil

    July 15th, 2010 - 7:06pm

    i cant choose they re all great

  • DrWhoTwins

    July 13th, 2010 - 9:18pm

    Well overall Series 5 was brilliant! The Pandorica Opens was a awesome episode and The Eleventh Hour was a great start to the series! The 11th Doctor is brilliant and so is Amy and Rory! Can’t wait for the Christmas episode and Series 6!

  • the doctor

    July 13th, 2010 - 8:05am

    i like the pandorica opens and the big bang because they were awsome!!!!!

  • Mallo

    July 11th, 2010 - 8:53am

    It’s more ratings than Parting of the Ways achieved. Every episode has hit the top twenty, with 7 in the top ten so I don’t think anyone has to worry. With the exception of the overrated world cup, viewers were down across ALL channels with Doctor Who tunning miles ahead on the iPlayer and BBC3 repeat. When the show dips to 2 million, that’ll be time to worry.

  • kiebo03

    July 11th, 2010 - 8:37am

    The Big Bang 6.7m

    That is a bad rating.The episode was great.

  • booboo

    July 10th, 2010 - 11:53pm

    I have had a look around and they seem out of stock everywhere , I see the prices have gone sky high on ebay as well

  • James Ormsby

    July 10th, 2010 - 11:16pm

    this is’nt related to the ratings but does anyone know where i can get the 10th doctor’s sonic scredriver from because ive looked everywhere and they dont seem to have it

  • Shaun

    July 10th, 2010 - 10:51pm

    Well also alot of people go on holiday around the time the finale was on cos it’s just after everyone has exams I was on holiday then watched on i player and I know loads of other people who did that aswell

  • Anonymous

    July 10th, 2010 - 10:43pm

    not silly hot weather again!!!!!!!!!!!

  • doctorwhoforever

    July 10th, 2010 - 9:26pm

    WHAT! I thought the Big Bang would have the highest ratings. Well I watch them again and again, the christmas special needs to get the ratings. popualerise it, tell people it’s good. Get Doctor Who back in the game. DOCTOR WHO FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    July 10th, 2010 - 4:04pm

    the finale’s low because BARB dosent add the iplayer and BBC three repeats.

  • The Next Doctor Not Really

    July 10th, 2010 - 2:07pm

    The Lodger being that low was to be expected with the England game on but The Big Bang does seem to low for a finale:\

  • Hector Sadler

    July 10th, 2010 - 10:07am

    It was great. I was suprise of the fake scence of the horse riding. When the double were riding the horses. Tomorrow Sunday 11 of July in Australia we will be see the last final episode of the season. It will be interesting.

  • Anonymous

    July 10th, 2010 - 9:48am

    thats good ratings

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