Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
Steven Moffat has said he isn’t worried about the viewing figures for Series 8, due to changing viewing habits.
Speaking at a Royal Television Society panel last night, he said: “The figures are the same – they’re just the same. If by ‘ratings’, you mean the number of people who watch the show… they are the same. The headline – boring though it is – is that they’ve barely changed since Doctor Who came back.”
He adds: “Since Matt Smith took over Doctor Who – the time I’ve been doing it – the number of people that watch the show on iPlayer has trebled. The way people watch it has changed. People watch it on catch-up to a much greater degree, but there is no drop-off in the ratings.
Moffat also says that even if you just counted the overnights alone it wouldn’t be a problem: “For the record, [even] if our overnights were our final rating, that would still count as a hit. I would be working hard, even as a Scot, to be disappointed!”