BBC Vision’s Christmas Success

The BBC has announced some interesting figures concerning BBC HD and delayed viewing/timeshifting and use of BBC iPlayer over the Christmas period, with Doctor Who featuring strongly.

As revealed last week, The End of Time, Part One was seen by 470,000 viewers on BBC HD on Christmas Day – this made Doctor Who the most-watched BBC HD channel that day, helping the high definition simulcast channel to 2.5 million viewers of the Christmas 2009 period, trebling the previous year’s total.

Meanwhile users of BBC iPlayer were responsible for making the Doctor Who Christmas special one of the most requested shows on the platform, while users of on demand or delayed viewing services were keen to catch up with Doctor Who – the Top 10 time-shifted programmes over the Christmas week were all BBC programmes:

Doctor Who – 2.6m
The Royle Family – 2.4m
EastEnders (Christmas Day) – 1.6m
Catherine Tate – 1.6m
Gavin & Stacey – 1.6m
Top Gear Bolivia Special – 1.5m
EastEnders (Christmas Eve) – 1.4m
Outnumbered – 1.3m
The Gruffalo – 1.3m
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – 1.2m

Despite lower than usual total audience figures for Christmas 2009, the BBC increased its audience share on previous years – all helped by Doctor Who!


Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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