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May 1st, 2011 63 comments

Impossible Astronaut Final Viewing figures 8.9m

The Impossible Astronaut Viewing figures

Screenshots from The Impossible Astronaut have been added to the gallery Here.

Final viewing figures show that the The Impossible Astronaut achieved nearly 8.9 million viewers with a massive time shift really showing that viewing habits are changing, this was well on par and even beating some season openers. These figures do not include iplayer.

Overnight viewing figure showed that The Impossible Astronaut achieved 6.5 million viewers.



  • The Daleks

    April 25th, 2011 - 11:19am

    I have to agree with you!
    the episode was gr8 but shame about the ratings

  • doctorwhoforever

    April 25th, 2011 - 9:51am

    I couldn’t agree more!

  • The Silence

    April 25th, 2011 - 8:42am

    Good episode, I thought it was well done, the camera angles impressed me a lot, and im not even an HD viewer, then you must of been in for a treat.
    Joy was annoying but it wasn’t her fault because she just couldn’t remember.
    the silence aren’t that great (so far), in Day of the Moon, i hope they scare the life out of the viewers, (including me), but I wish the ratings were higher, maybe the overall ratings will be at least maybe 9 million, hope so! 🙂

  • DrWhoTwins

    April 24th, 2011 - 9:08pm

    The Impossible Astronaut was an amazing episode! It was clever, gripping and a great way to start off the series! The Silence were so creepy, can’t wait for the next episode! 9/10

    The episode should have had more ratings though.

  • king gerbil

    April 24th, 2011 - 7:08pm

    if itv didntc feel the need to pollute tv with rubbish talent shows, dw would hav been top, bcos last night was amazing

  • king gerbil

    April 24th, 2011 - 7:06pm

    i think shes amys kid

  • simeytimeywimey

    April 24th, 2011 - 6:29pm

    did you not notice the glorious weather? i had to get my kids in from the glorious sunshine to tell them dw was on,now think how many kids were out playing and didnt come in,families taking advantage of the weather and going out for the day etc -the majority of these would have recorded/sky plussed it or watched it on i player at a later date.Me and my family are out for the day for episode 3 which being the pirate one we as a family of dw fans are looking forward to-but we shall sky plus it and watch it later-which is exactly what a lot of people i know have done this week it doesnt mean its suddenly not a very watchable programme and overnight figures mean nothing,also if you go on bbc i player home page yesterdays episode is the most popular so DON’T PANIC!!!!

  • booboo

    April 24th, 2011 - 5:59pm

    The oversights are starting to cause more trouble than they are worth to be honest, they are becoming less and less meaningful, final figures should now include time shift and player downloads which are watched with 7 days., its obvious that even in the last 5 years viewing trends are changing

  • Callum Metcalfe

    April 24th, 2011 - 5:42pm

    Brilliant Episode! 9/10

  • BBC America

    April 24th, 2011 - 5:18pm

    Stephen Moffat shouldnt be ashamed of figures that firstly havent been confirmed, secondly were for a day on a hot sunny Easter afternoon when its shown far too early at 6, and unless the people who didnt watch are somehow clairvoyant I cant see how they decided it was too bad to watch BEFORE it started. Lets decide on important things like was it a good story and screw the ratings because we get far too obsessed with those.

  • Anonymous

    April 24th, 2011 - 4:14pm

    These are NOT the real figures, they are just the overnight figures. Last year proved there can be huge changes between overnight figures and the final figures. We cannot tell what the final figures are until the series has finished broadcasting.

  • Fox Mulder

    April 24th, 2011 - 3:18pm

    Steven Moffat should be ashamed of those viewing figures, if I was BBC exectutive, I would fire Moffat and get Phil Ford to take it over.

  • Anonymous

    April 24th, 2011 - 2:49pm

    The Eleventh Hour eventually reached 13.57 million viewers

  • Peter Thomas

    April 24th, 2011 - 2:33pm

    9m is good, but 6.5m is very poor. Perhaps the final figure will b 7.5m. Well, we live in hope

  • Peter Thomas

    April 24th, 2011 - 2:27pm

    I would of said 6.5m is very poor, I really enjoyed the 1st Episode but given that it had a lot of advertising it should of got 9m at least

  • Anonymous

    April 24th, 2011 - 2:14pm

    Not at all. The fact is a massive proportion of people watch it on delay. I did. And I’m a massive fan. I watched most of my programs on the i player and equivalents last week. And Who i Sky plussed. That will be 8 million by final figures.

  • MrWho

    April 24th, 2011 - 2:14pm

    “Deny this reality!”- The Fourth Doctor
    Anyway, thoughts on the episode, very well done 🙂
    Prouduction values made it seem the more powerful.
    The Silence are sly, clever and scary, how clever that when you look away from one, you forget you’ve ever seen it, at all.
    The way that they killed Joy was rather brilliant, Joy did annoy me at times but wasn’t her fault, she just couldn’t remember.
    When River went down to the tunnels and saw the silence, i found that creepy and when Rory said, “there is nothing there” it felt so wonderfully chilling, that there was dozens behind him, and he forgot.
    The viewing figures could of been better, the final viewing figures will be around about 8.9-9 million, around that number of views.
    Can’t wait until, Day of the Moon, looks even better than the Impossible Astronaut, the cliffhanger at the end was brilliant, why was the girl in the suit? I guess we’ll find out next week. 🙂

  • jason

    April 24th, 2011 - 2:02pm

    due to britain’s got talent being popular and on a itv1 envening slot, it seemed inpeareable to estimate dr who winning.
    Not that im being a bad fan, but thedr who episode was very good, great to watch, but the ratings are sure to rise, to at least 9.5 million

    Jason 🙂

  • DoctorWho2011

    April 24th, 2011 - 12:56pm

    Coures He Was Nice Tie lol:D

  • C@A

    April 24th, 2011 - 12:05pm

    Ratings seem a little low…

  • dalek95

    April 24th, 2011 - 11:55am

    i think it was very entertaining

  • harold saxon

    April 24th, 2011 - 11:52am

    This was a fantastic episode and 6.5 million viewers is very good,this figure will undoubtedly rise as it a warm saturday and people will be watching it later on.

  • Nick Payne

    April 24th, 2011 - 11:47am

    Are you implying he was lying? 😉

  • rabid forg

    April 24th, 2011 - 11:44am

    did anyone notice when the doctor starts to regenerate his nose seems to get bigger

  • Nick Payne

    April 24th, 2011 - 11:39am

    Do you have the viewing figures for “My Sarah Jane”?

    I put a few random thoughts of my own together regarding last night’s episode over at

  • Nik

    April 24th, 2011 - 11:13am

    Did u no? Voyage of the Damned is the most watched episode of the New Serieses. With over 13million

  • gary

    April 24th, 2011 - 10:14am

    Do you want toknow why??


  • Sean

    April 24th, 2011 - 9:53am

    That’s a good rating… last year episode 1 had an overnight of just under 8 million and it was a new Doctor. It also rose to 10.08 so hopefully this 6.5 will rise a lot too 😀

  • DoctorWho2011

    April 24th, 2011 - 9:53am

    Seriesly Lords Of People Watch Doctor Who Well Thats Fantasic WOW!

  • k9mark4

    April 24th, 2011 - 9:50am

    wow thats a lot of people 🙂

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