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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > 494 (Dec 15) > The Doctor’s ratings hold firm at around the 6 million mark

The Doctor’s ratings hold firm at around the 6 million mark

Taking a look at the latest series’ performance in the television ratings war...
The Doctor and Clara check to see who’s watching.

Last issue, Public Image analysed the effect of the Rugby World Cup on Doctor Who ’s ratings – which have, as much discussed, taken something of a knock this year. While the 2014 series averaged 7.26 million viewers in consolidated BARB figures, the first five episodes of this year’s run ranged between 5.63 and 6.56 million – averaging 6.10 million. So with the lure of the rugby over, how has Doctor Who performed since then?

The answer is: pretty much the same. Episode 6, The Woman Who Lived, had a consolidated rating of 6.11 million after the usual seven days’ worth of catch-up viewers were considered, giving the episode a position of 25th on the weekly TV chart. ITV’s The X Factor, meanwhile, returned as the Doctor’s competition, with a consolidated audience of 7.77 million (plus 0.41 million on ITV+1) – which was a low-ish rating by the singing show’s usual standards.

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The 2015 Christmas issue! Contents include: Preview of The Husbands of River Song; Peter Capaldi interview; Interviews with Greg Davies, Sarah Dollard, Peter Harness, Rachel Talalay and Donald Sumpter; Review of 2015; the Watcher's Christmas Quiz; Strip – The Dragon Lord part 1.