While we’ve spent a good bit of time discussing Doctor Who season 11 and how it fared in the UK, why not also take a look at what happened with the series on BBC America? Ultimately, there’s a lot for the network to love about the performance from Jodie Whittaker’s first season as The Doctor — and also the show moving to Sundays after many years on the ratings-challenged Saturday night!
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Overall, season 11 averaged for BBC America a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just around 870,000 live viewers — these are increases of more than 30% in both measures from season 10, which was the final one for Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. There are of course a number of different reasons for the ratings being what they were. The move to Sunday is probably a part of the equation, just because there are so many more viewers around than would be otherwise. Yet, at the same time we do think that it’d be somewhat-foolish to be completely dismissive of the fact that Whittaker’s presence, and also some of the headlines around her, generated more viewership in its own right. This season allowed for an opportunity for viewers who are not altogether-familiar with the series to go on board and that is very much a good thing.
As a matter of fact, the show’s improved performance in both America and Britain are likely components in the decision to bring everyone back for a season 12, which is going to air at some point in early 2020. (Remember, there will be a New Year’s Day special coming on January 1 — so technically, there is a new episode airing in 2019.)
Do we expect higher ratings for season 12?
In all honesty, no. Typically, new Doctors lead to a ratings bump, with this one being larger than usual because Jodie is the new star of the show. We anticipate that there will be a slowing of the hype moving into next season, but the ratings still should be pretty solid provided that interest in Doctor Who does not surprisingly wane over the next twelve months or so. The series has a timeless quality to it and we think that nostalgia is always going to help this show out.
Ultimately, there’s not going to be any reason to worry about Doctor Who for a very-long time. If you love this show, consider that to be a nice feather in its cap.
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