Taking on board the fact that this is also a world cup year, the website has listed the varying times that the show has aired over the last twelve weeks:
The Eleventh Hour: 6.25pm
The Beast Below: 6.15pm
Victory Of The Daleks: 6.30pm
The Time Of Angels: 6.20pm
Flesh and Stone: 6.25pm
Vampires Of Venice: 6.00pm
Amy’s Choice: 6.25pm
The Hungry Earth: 6.15pm
Cold Blood: 7.00pm
Vincent and the Doctor: 6.40pm
The Lodger: 6.45pm
The Pandorica Opens: 6.40pm
Looking at these, Den of Geek mention several points that spring to mind for them:
-thereâ€™s been no solid, dependable slot for the flagship show this year
-because of this, the ratings have taken a dip
-these up and down times arenâ€™t reflecting a flagship show.
The author also commented:
In his autobiography, that long-time supporter of Doctor Who, Michael Grade (ahem) talks about the art of scheduling, effectively the need to break programmes down into slots that people have a chance of remembering. It’s an art that I can’t help but feel the BBC has lost on Saturday nights, and come the new series of Who next year, I really hope gets sorted out.
Whilst these points are true enough, it doesnâ€™t necessarily result in a poorer response to the show but probably reassures the BBC that wherever they schedule the program, itâ€™s still one of the most watched programs on a Saturday night. During the last month or so, weâ€™ve seen Doctor Who pull in strong ratings despite it being aired at around 6pm during some very, very sunny Saturdays. No other program could actually do that, just look at ITVâ€™s rating at the same time.