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Published on May 8th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

“Black Spot” Overnights

Concerned about last week’s low-show for the Doctor Who overnights? As we’ve previously explained, you really shouldn’t be, but to put your mind at rest you might be interested to know that The Curse Of The Black Spot was viewed by 6.2 million viewers accoridng to overnight figures.

While this might reflect poorer weather than the previous week, as we all know the episode will naturally see an increase thanks to those that watch on BBC iPlayer or Sky+ or whatever delayed viewing method when the final figures are released.

Of course some might argue that the sight of Lily Cole in a nighty or interest as to whether Hugh Bonneville might be compromised in some way by the script might have attracted extra viewers; but a viewer is a viewer…

The figure of 6.2 million represents a once again huge 30.9% audience share, but Doctor Who was still second to Britain’s Got Talent (10.4 million viewers with 42.2%, in a later timeslot).

Being second to a cynical ploy to find some performing monkeys for HRH isn’t so bad though, is it?


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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+.

2 Responses to “Black Spot” Overnights

  1. avatar krumstets says:

    Once again the only TV show that isn’t a soap or a poor excuse for entertainment (AKA: Britain’s got NO talent) comes highest in the ratings.
    I anticipate another poor tabloid article sticking the knife into Who…….

  2. avatar 23skidoo says:

    The ratings are cause for a bit of relief (if only because the Snail won’t be able to use its “Doctor Who scares away a million viewers” headline again.

    This episode has attracted some really strange reviews, though. I was just at Hero Press where the reviewer dismissed it as nothing more than a “reworking” of The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, which makes no sense to me whatsoever. Yeah, OK, technically speaking the body count in both stories is the same, but that’s really as close as the two come. There really is no pleasing some people! ;)

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