We haven’t spent much time as of late discussing the Call the Midwife season 6 ratings, but upon looking at the numbers in retrospect, there is one thing that looks clear: This show is a force for the BBC.
Remember that we’re in an era at this point where entertainment options are abundantly widespread. Therefore, there’s no obligation for anyone to watch this series, starring Helen George and Charlotte Ritchie, simply due to the fact that it’s one of the only things on. Nonetheless, the finale last night brought in around 9 million viewers, and per News & Star, the show averaged over 8.6 million for much of season 6. This is a rise from the show’s ratings during season 5, which is a pretty strong indicator that the fan base for the series is still out there and is probably not going to be going anywhere in the near future.
We’re writing this from America, and one of the things that remains so remarkable to us is that this series can post nine million viewers despite being in a country with a much smaller population. If there was a scripted show in America that drew the same audience share as Call the Midwife does in the UK, it would be the #1 show on TV and it wouldn’t even be close.
As for what these Call the Midwife season 6 ratings effectively mean when it comes to a season 7, not too much at present. The BBC already renewed the show for three more seasons, which means that you’ll be getting new episodes until 2020. Given that this series is a little bit more about Nonnatus House than any one character, it’s therefore easy to envision scenarios where it could last for many years beyond this. You obviously want the core cast to remain as long as possible, but it’s already conquered some turnover and the overall viewership does remain as strong as it’s ever been.
Now, the struggle for many fans of Call the Midwife is simply waiting. After all, this is not a show that is going to be back on the air next week with new episodes. There won’t be another on the air until the 2017 Christmas Special, which means that effectively, there are a good nine months between where we are right now and when the next event will air.
If you missed it, you can read our extensive review of the Call the Midwife finale right now by heading over to the link here.
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