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Deep Breath UK Ratings

Doctor Who: Series 8: Episode 1Deep Breath was watched by 6.8. million (a 32.5% audience share) viewers in the UK on BBC1 last night, according to early overnight viewing figures.

The overnight figures are early estimates and we can expect a sizeable increase when the final BARB figures are released next week. Unlike the overnights, the final figures also count those who recorded the show and watched it later, making them a more accurate measure of how many were watching.

Obviously this doesn’t take into account the cinema screenings either.

Previous Doctor debuts from the revival:

  • Rose – 9.9 million (overnight)
  • The Christmas Invasion 9.4 million (overnight)
  • The Eleventh Hour – 8.0 million (overnight)

UPDATE: Deep Breath had an AI score of 82.

(The Audience Appreciation Index (AI) is a score out of 100 which is used as an indicator of the public’s appreciation for a show.)

UPDATE 2: The BARB final figure for the episode is 9.17 million.

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Doctor When
Doctor When

UK population: 64,105,700 million  Deep Breath Viewers: 9.17 million  That means about 1 in 7 televisions have had Deep Breath on! As the ninth doctor would say FANTASTIC!


Ottoman14
Ottoman14

Can someone explain to me how they came up with the additional 2.3 million? Was it just people who saw it on catchup or recorded it?

Reasonable Comfort
Reasonable Comfort

To all of those who thought the overnight 5.2 million estimate for "Into the Dalek" was low, a lot of the casual viewers will probably watch The X Factor first live and then watch Doctor Who later. So expect an increase. 

Spiridon93
Spiridon93

Just heard that a repeat of Deep Breath on BBC 3 had an AI of 86, which it much fairer.

mrclever
mrclever

I've watched deep breath at least 100 times on BBC iplayer 

CooperKing
CooperKing

Fabulous-! i always save/watch Doctor Who later in the evening - so I am never counted in the overnights - the way we watch television has changed dramatically since 2005, in 10 years time, overnights will mean nothing

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

Outstanding ratings! Can't complain at that.

'Cos Guess Who? Ha!
'Cos Guess Who? Ha!

Add the cinema and international ratings and we would see just how well Dr Who is doing..

Spiridon93
Spiridon93

:) feeling calmer now, thats a great figure.

Silurian53
Silurian53

Fantastic ratings! Now take into account that a big portion of fans would've gone to sold out cinema sessions over the world than add people who stream it and people who torrent stories and people who watch in on BBC America or the American iplayer or Abc in Australia or abciview and then you have an even bigger audience! Doctor Who is doing amazing, it's not going anywhere anytime soon!

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

There; you see?! Perfectly good ratings!

Huknar
Huknar

I'm quite happy with that final figure. The Eleventh Hour got 10 million and this is close enough to make me happy. (Considering the natural drop over program's life time plus the changes in the television watching world.)

Moxx
Moxx

Astonishingly good! As an iPlayer viewer (because it means getting Doctor Who in HD - yay!) I'm glad our views are being taken into account now. Great to see the show is given as much attention now as it was almost 10 years ago.

Antee991166
Antee991166

Seriously though, great ratings! Actually, does final rating even include international and cinema viewings? Because that would make it go past the 10 million mark.

Antee991166
Antee991166

No, Moffat's still ruining the show, bring back Tennant! (joking)

DrunkenDalek
DrunkenDalek

Whoop! Hopefully into the dalek, will be around 7-8 million

sontaran17
sontaran17

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH THATS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! If we can keep all Final Figures over 7 million we will be laughing!

Spiridon93
Spiridon93

This viewing figure is absolutely encouraging when looked at properly, and not how they are judged by others, 'Doctor Who loses half its audience since November' said one blogger!.  Firstly 6.8m is a higher overnight than the last two openers, despite the fact that now more people are not watching live than during these two broadcast, iplayer views have gone through the roof in the last year or so. Secondly the fact that many watched at the cinema, and thirdly, the dubious scheduling at the bank holiday weekend was bound to dent figures a bit.  I think almost certainly the final figure will be just over 9m maybe approaching 10m, which for a August broadcast, is in fact a superb figure, and a promising sign for the rest of the series.

Antee991166
Antee991166

The BBC America ratings were 2.2 million, a big increase from the 1.5 million who watch Asylum of the Daleks. Additionally, Deep Breath is STILL the most viewed programme on BBC iPlayer. 

Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen
Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen

I know these are only overnight ratings, but I do think the show could do more to accommodate casual viewers. I never thought I'd say this but there needs to be less references to the past.

Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

For a few years now Who more than other programme is all about the consolidated figures. We all know they leap forward. The press and the Moffat haters want a story and Dr Who in great shape isn't a story. It's done really well with holiday and cinemas. Now watch it soar next week in the final figures.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

DWTV, may I politely request that the overnight ratings don't get reported? Ultimately nobody in the TV industry is interested in them so they have no impact on the show itself. AI ratings may, but overnights certainly don't, all they do is feed the trolls.

Silurian53
Silurian53

Yeah it's just people who watched iplayer I think :)

Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

It's all the people who watch it later in the week on things like Sky and free view boxes. And it was 3 million not 2!

Favonian Squall
Favonian Squall

@mrclever  You are a trooper. Have a coffee. Although fair warning, I don't have any money and I'm not really a fetching sort of person.

VERITASERUMUK
VERITASERUMUK

@Silurian53 Although I agree with you in regards to adding those who went to the cinema - I doubt they were sold out. My cinema screening was only half filled up.

Moxx
Moxx

Well of course Moffat isn't ruining the show! ᵇᵘᵗ ᵗʰᵉʸ ˢʰᵒᵘᶫᵈ ˢᵗᶦᶫᶫ ᵇʳᶦᶰᵍ ᵇᵃᶜᵏ ᵀᵉᶰᶰᵃᶰᵗ

Luna23
Luna23

@Antee991166 Well, if you are going to compare THOSE two if should be noted that nothing was ever promoted or hyped more than "Deep Breath" with Capaldi's debut.  If it couldn't beat the non-promoted, no-new-Doctor episode of a third season then someone really ought to be fired. I am unconcerned with the ratings that Deep Breath received, but the facts are that the overnights are down, and the Audience Index was low.  Only time will tell if that becomes a trend.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen I don't think references are a problem. I mean, they're literally just that. Maybe there are issues with episodes that rely heavily on past events, but with a show that's lasted for 50 years you have to accommodate your fans aswell as the casuals.

DWTV
DWTV moderator

As with previous years, once the BARB final figures start coming out they'll will be adding to a accumulator post that clearly shows the large increase from overnight to 'final.'

Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

No iplayer figures are not included. That would make it even more!

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@Silurian53  And before anyone says anything, I mean that because the BBC can get raw viewing figures so can track how many people have gone back to watch it several times (clearly giving a feel for how much they are enjoying it).

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Luna23 @Antee991166 Overnight ratings mean absolutely nothing! All they do is show that hardly anyone watches TV live nowadays. Personally, Doctor Who is the only show I watch live now - everything else is through Netflix, iPlayer, 4oD or other... methods.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@Luna23 @Antee991166  Guess what, overnights mean nothing. Literally nothing. They have absolutely no bearing on the show or its future.


Go troll somewhere else.

They're all my favorite Caretaker
They're all my favorite Caretaker

Except that those "Asylum of the Daleks" episode ratings, were, at the time, record setting. Deep Breath beat the all time ratings record for the channel by more than 30%. No insignificant thing.

Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

"Sigh". It's the final figures that count. Half the audience were at the cinema !

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

I see. That's reassuring, it would seem to suggest that the overnights are low because people are still on holiday and styff

Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

Doctor Who is a strange one as it has significantly more delayed viewings than other dramas. Reality tv tends to get watched live exclusively. I never persinally watch live and it's my must see tv show.