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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.



  • Joshua

    May 2nd, 2011 - 11:43am

    Oops, I didn’t see the bit at the bottom about 6.5 million overnight, I am corrected

  • Joshua

    May 2nd, 2011 - 11:41am

    8.9 Is very good, but its overnight ratings were something like 6.1 or 6.2 million which is terrible for the new/revived series. Is it true that series 6’s budget is allot lower than previous years?

  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    May 2nd, 2011 - 1:09am

    Yep…I know a few like you. Infact I have some friends who dont own a telly…they just watch the various online channels (such as iPlayer)…it means they dont have to pay for a liecence…

  • Fox Mulder

    May 1st, 2011 - 11:03pm

    That’s amazing let’s hope this keeps up, I guess with the rise of DVR boxes and online catch up services, one can not truly trust over night viewing figure anymore , let’s try not to panic anymore like I have done LoL

  • Stan

    May 1st, 2011 - 7:47pm

    They really should include the iplayer results in numbers. Now I don’t bother watching on the TV (My computer screen is larger!) and just watch live online.

  • harold saxon

    May 1st, 2011 - 7:33pm

    Wow very good indeed,well desrved and more than average for a season opener,hope ep2 fares well.

  • McGann is the Doctor

    May 1st, 2011 - 5:42pm

    Gas mask bit? You mean the creepy kids with the… Oh lets not even get into that.

    Say, Dark side of the Moon, I heard Steven Moffat mention something about that place: Quote: “If I could, I would [WRITE] all my episodes on the dark side of the moon, and have no one know about the [plot contents, spoilers .etc] until they air on television.” 😀

  • McGann is the Doctor

    May 1st, 2011 - 5:38pm


  • Ian

    May 1st, 2011 - 5:35pm

    Really pleasing final figures.
    If the overnights are now so far out from actuals that they can be out by nearly 30% then they are of little value. It does show that the 6pm scheduling is a big mistake though.

  • booboo

    May 1st, 2011 - 5:02pm

    Having watched viewing habits changing i was expecting a large time shift – but i have to admit that’s impressive, the overnights are causing more trouble than they are worth

  • Dalek Sec

    May 1st, 2011 - 10:28am

    We get cold dark winter in Australia! 🙂

  • McGann is The Doctor.

    April 28th, 2011 - 9:54pm

    The FACT is: Summer time, alot people are outdoors having a good time, making use of the weather when Dr Who episodes actually broadcast. Sadly, this means television gets missed out on. People dont need it when there’s a good time to be had, outdoors.

    I think they would be much more better off, should they choose to broadcast at later times, rather than 6.00/5.30 slot. 😐

    It would definately have been wiser, a 8.30 kind of slot(it also justifies the fear factor that Dr Who can have on younger viewers), by which time the sun is going down. THIS ISN’T NONSENSE you know!! I speak the truth, the Big Bang and The Pandorica Opens, Series Five’s finale, had bvery low, if not the lowest of that season’s ratings. Good summer weather had to do with it.

  • River Song 2

    April 27th, 2011 - 8:11pm

    I thought the programe was brill,I always watch it 3 or 4 times,as I believe it’s best to do that,the rateing is always an trouble,chose whatever we would worry if it don’t get any rateings at all,this series is going to be good chose whatever.I love it,poor dr geting slap again,I wonder will he slap River?.

  • NotADalek

    April 27th, 2011 - 5:18pm

    Rather low ratings, but considering how the episode was the second most watched programme of the day, they’re not too bad.

  • Tom Ford

    April 26th, 2011 - 8:16am

    People seem to be forgetting that it was the second most watched programme of the day.

  • Daily P.O.P.

    April 26th, 2011 - 12:32am

    While I was worried by the first half being too convoluted and contrived, the Impossible Astronaut ended up being one of the most impressive series openers to date. I think that word of mouth will greatly impact an increase in viewing figures next week.

    For anyone interested, my full review is here:

  • booboo

    April 25th, 2011 - 8:05pm

    no i missed it

  • Merlin

    April 25th, 2011 - 8:02pm

    Brilliant ratings!


    April 25th, 2011 - 7:26pm

    Booboo, did you just see that advert for Day of the Moon on BBC 1 just a moment ago, the episode looks really cool!

  • booboo

    April 25th, 2011 - 6:59pm

    well i thought the gas mask bit was scary, we could to with more “shocks” like that

  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    April 25th, 2011 - 6:57pm

    Who cares? The quality wasnt low….but it was on ITV…they need ratings as they depend on commercials. Thats why the BBC can put quality first…DW whould have to slump down to less than 2 million before the BBC start worrying.

  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    April 25th, 2011 - 6:54pm

    Hahaha, thanks Fox Mulder, thats the funniest thing I’ve heard in ages…you’ve really made me laugh.

    Just a reminder to everyone…getting the highest ratings doesnt mean its the best show…has anyone watched Britains got Tallent…its a joke of a show but it appeals to the masses…Doctor Who is a Sci Fi show…I think the BBC have enough knowledge of the industry to know that any genre specific show will never compete with the likes of Soap operas and Talent shows…but the fact its pulling in that many millions is amazing! SM career at the BBC is very safe.

  • Doctor Who Star 100

    April 25th, 2011 - 6:51pm

    not really any one should put it as the best ever because we haven’t seen the rest of the series!!! the others may be better and one of the others may be the best ever!!

    river slaps the doctor XD

  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    April 25th, 2011 - 6:47pm

    Not sure how old you are (Im guessing a teenager), the show goes out 3 hours before the watershed…considering the age range it has to therefore cater for, its probably as scarey as you are ver going to get. Besides…scarey doesnt mean it needs to have blood and guts and someone jumping out with a knife…real scarey is something that plays with your mind…but you have to have one before that will work 🙂

  • Fishy Frank

    April 25th, 2011 - 6:18pm

    Why do some people say Doctor Who is a scary show? It’s not scary in the slightest.

  • DoctorWhoIV

    April 25th, 2011 - 5:58pm

    Good episode, I’ve uploaded a YouTube video called Unlucky:4+9=13, enjoy!
    The Silence are epic! 🙂

  • The Silence

    April 25th, 2011 - 5:55pm

    I must admit that the trailer gave away 2 much, showing the little girl still alive.

  • Anonymous

    April 25th, 2011 - 2:36pm

    how did he know he was going to die?

  • harold saxon

    April 25th, 2011 - 12:35pm

    Ps i agree with the view that itv is polluting its network with talent shows!this angers me as great show such heartbeat & the royal got taken off!this why we are lucky to have shows such as DOCTOR WHO & torchwood.

  • harold saxon

    April 25th, 2011 - 12:32pm

    Mamy many people will watch it on delay as it was hot sunny easter saturday,the end figures will be much higher indeed,bigger ratings.

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