For at least one episode, Doctor Who season 11 with Jodie Whittaker is clearly paying off big, at least in the show’s home country.
The ratings are officially in for the first episode, and overall the series generated 8.2 million overnight viewers on BBC One. This marks the best total viewership for any episode of Doctor Who in the UK in a good five years, and beyond that, it also generates the largest total viewership for a premiere in the past decade. The last time a premiere was this big, David Tennant served as the doctor.
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What does this mean future the future of the franchise? At the moment, it’s better to not overstate anything when it comes to long-term success. Ratings for Doctor Who have a tendency to fall throughout the season, and this particular premiere generated an especially large amount of buzz because of Whittaker’s debut as The Doctor. It’s still an impressive haul, and if BBC One can manage to average around 6 million viewers for the entire season, that is enough to ensure that season 11 is labeled a spectacular hit for them. It also helps to lead up to whatever the series is going to do over the course of the next several years, as well. We do think that a season 12 is inevitable, and probably a season 13 beyond that. We do think that we’re going to get at least two years of Whittaker as The Doctor, and beyond that, it will probably come down to just however long she wants to continue to do the gig.
For those wondering about ratings in the US, we may know some of the live ratings come tomorrow, but it will likely be later this week when more of the consolidated figures start to come in.
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