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The Rings of Akhaten Overnight Viewing Figures

The Rings of Akhaten Overnight Viewing Figures

The Rings of Akhaten had an overnight audience of 5.5 million viewers, a share of 28.8% of the total TV audience.

These overnight figures have become increasingly unreliable as to the true audience. Final figures will be available in a few days time.




  • the astronaut of death

    July 24th, 2014 - 6:36pm

    No it wasnt

  • Davros

    July 24th, 2014 - 5:32pm

    One of my worst episodes ever, The Effects are Rubbish the Monsters look So Fake. And The Story line is awful.

  • Mason Bingley Same Bday as Matt

    May 6th, 2013 - 9:35pm

    I think the viewing figures have dropped especially after The Crimson Horror only getting 4.61 million overnight and back in series 4 it got around 7 million for a mid episode like this and not including iplayer views on the final rating may hide the true rating 🙂

  • aaron meades

    April 13th, 2013 - 12:15pm

    I didn’t like it either I liked the companion and the dr but it was not scary at all and was quite short

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 9th, 2013 - 6:32pm

    Sorry, meant to post this on the “What Did You Think Of The Rings of Akhaten” page.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 9th, 2013 - 6:29pm

    After a second viewing, I think my opinion of this episode has changed. I think it’s on par with The Bells of St. John now.

  • Ian c

    April 8th, 2013 - 5:02pm

    Without question this was the worst program since the Drs resurrection in the modern era. Poor plot, poorly executed. I hope the usual high standard returns next week

  • Matt smithy

    April 8th, 2013 - 10:04am

    Everyone is saying “the overnights have dropped, I player existed back in 2006, you have to loo at the overnights!”. As said many times before me, peoples interests change. Back in 2006, more people watched it live than on I-player, but with more and more people learning how to interact on the internet everyday, less people rush home from jobs to watch episodes so that they can finish shopping, work etc. then catch up on I player or on record. Yes, it existed in 2006, but less people used the internet and I player. It’s been 8 years since the reboot, and even in that time we live in a much more cybernetic world (hopefully we won’t become cybermen anytime soon!)

  • drjakeyoung

    April 7th, 2013 - 11:22pm

    most casual fans (the kind that aren’t that bothered)will just quickly watch it latter on i player.

  • Anonymous

    April 7th, 2013 - 8:09pm

    Yes, but it seemed to happen in the space of a year, before series 6 began. There was never any fuss about this “overnight” and “final” figure stuff until the Impossible Astronaut performed worse than expected.


    April 7th, 2013 - 3:02pm

    Even more interesting…

  • Joe

    April 7th, 2013 - 2:33pm

    The Voice is terrible

  • TheWhomobile

    April 7th, 2013 - 1:30pm

    Does watching it on BBC HD not count towards the viewing figures?
    And it did look great in HD 😀

  • McGann is the Doctor

    April 7th, 2013 - 1:04pm

    Not to mention those who record it on the night, or watch it on BBC HD, like moi !

    Seriously, that was a great episode to watch on BBC HD.

  • Harold Saxon

    April 7th, 2013 - 12:55pm

    The figures will bulk up im sure,many people will catch up on sunday i expect

  • booboo

    April 7th, 2013 - 12:27pm

    You dont know the final figure yet.

    millions are still watching the show all in all and it different ways, i’m sure the BBC are quite happy with it

  • Anonymous

    April 7th, 2013 - 12:24pm

    I think it’s because the BBC are putting their talent show The Voice on everywhere, they’re trying to beat ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent for some reason? So they’re mixing around all the schedules to get more ratings.

  • Anonymous

    April 7th, 2013 - 12:22pm

    No, because Fires of Pompeii was 8 million, and The Shakespear Code got 7 million, and Tooth and Claw got a massive 9 million, and even Day Of The Moon got 7 million, this episode didn’t get as many viewers as other 2nd episodes get.

  • The Silence

    April 7th, 2013 - 12:03pm

    People’s viewing habits are changing, that’s all. While the majority of people chose to watch it ‘live’ a few years ago, more are chossing to catch up later on ‘iPlayer’ now.

  • Anonymous

    April 7th, 2013 - 11:58am

    You clearly know more than I do, but the huge overnight drop does show a problem. All the alternative viewing methods such as iPlayer and recording existed a few years ago, and they raked in more viewers just as they do now. But now, about 8 mil is considered a good final figure. That was considered a good overnight a few years ago.

  • booboo

    April 7th, 2013 - 11:44am

    your talking a drop in overnight figures

    New Earth had an overnight of 8.3 million and a final rating 8.62 million

    Bells of St John had 6.2 overnight and the final ratings are at 8.3 so far with 2 more days to come in plus a lot more people will be using iplayer

    The fact is people are not watching it “on the Night” like they used to

    The problem is people are just looking at the overnight figures which yes show a huge drop but without realising what the final figures are ending up like.

  • Anonymous

    April 7th, 2013 - 11:35am

    lol :~D but if you think about it, it’s more than a few. It’s gone from 8 million overnight on a good night to about six million on a good night. I ‘d say it’s lost around 2 million viewers, taking iPlayer into account as well. Now, if Steven Moffat can keep it at that level then it’s fine, all we gotta hope is that no more switch off.


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  • booboo

    April 7th, 2013 - 11:25am

    New Doctor always high,

    Parting of the ways which was very heavily advertised had i final figures 6.91 million yet the bells of st John are ready over 8.3 million

    The viewing figures are fine for this type of programme

  • booboo

    April 7th, 2013 - 11:21am

    its lost a few overall , hardly drastic, final figures for the bells of St John are ready over 8.3 million without iplayer

    Time shifts are now massive compared with few years go


    April 7th, 2013 - 11:21am

    the eleventh hour had over 10 million viewers… youch.

  • Whomobile

    April 7th, 2013 - 11:13am

    Why is doctor who on so early???
    If it was on at, say, 7 more people would be home to tune in to watch.

  • Anonymous

    April 7th, 2013 - 10:46am

    I agree. Everyone says “Oh, but loads more people will catch up on iPLayer.” But back when Doctor Who pulled in 7/8 million viewers, iPlayer did exist, and people used it to catch up. People are talking like iPlayer and video recording only existed when series 6 began (when the ratings dropped.) No. In days of old, Doctor Who pulled in 7/8 million overnight and another 2 million or whatever on iPlayer.

    I’m sorry, but the fact is that Doctor Who has lost viewers. Anyone who says otherwise is in denial.

  • drjakeyoung

    April 7th, 2013 - 10:17am

    that is not very high compared to most other episodes!

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