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Published on February 28th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Doctor Who Ratings souffrent d’une baisse

We spoke too soon. Perhaps it was something we said as we held hands and danced merrily down the Rue Leonardo Da Vinci? Was it that we wanted to go to Euro Disney?

Whatever we did during our little fling with the Doctor and his ratings Indian Summer in France appears to have ruined it for everyone. Were we too ostentatious?

Rating for “Le Seigneur des Rêves” (Amy’s Choice) and  “La révolte des intra-terrestres 1/2″ (The Hungry Earth & Cold Blood) fell to just 295,000 viewers, which is only 1.3% of the total audience compared with last weeks 374,000 viewers or a 1.7% share.

Unfortunately no comparison can be made with figures for Season 4 as they were not made available at the time.

Here’s hoping that we can sort our differences out, get back on the right track and get those French fans back to Doctor Who before the Jagaroth ruin it for everyone.

Thanks again to Aurélie (who is a real-life French person!)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

One Response to Doctor Who Ratings souffrent d’une baisse

  1. avatar Laz says:

    Here in Italy (where they’re airing Doctor Who for the first time ever on free TV) they tell us everything’s going fine for rating, but the actual data don’t seem to be public. The only data we have come from a post on the network’s Facebook page (, page four): up until two weeks ago, when they posted that message, “Army of Ghosts” was the most watched episode, with 220.929 viewers (1.65% share). It appears these numbers are extremely good for the channel.

    They’re airing one episode per day, at about 6pm (and a repeat the morning after, at about 12pm). Today they aired “Utopia”, so in a few days they’ll start with series four, that never aired at all (not even on pay tv) in Italy. They say they’ll air series 5 too (“A Christmas Carol” included).

    I wrote about the ratings here:, but that’s in Italian, of course :-) )

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