Guardian Causes Ratings Storm

Today in unsurprising news: it turns out nobody records quiz shows.

With the final consolidated ratings for The God Complex standing at 6.77 million viewers, a further 1.57 million time shift viewers makes light work of trouncing dark overlord and Flora flogger known as Verrrrrrrnnunouuuoonn Kay.

To those unaware; The God Complex was beaten on overnight ratings by the Kay hosted All Star Family Fortunes - a revamped version of the Bob Monkhouse/Max Bygraves/Les Dennis void filler – sparking The Guardian to use the lower than expected ratings to beat Doctor Who over the head with until it admitted it was ‘too complex’

While the consolidated figures again reinforce the argument that overnight ratings can never offer the full picture when it comes to a fair representation of viewing habits, The Guardian, again using the fact that the overnight viewers for All Star Family Fortunes were again better than Doctor Who this week for Closing Time, have again raised the issue of Doctor Who’s ‘mixed fortunes’.

It is so sad to see such a culturally savvy up market broadsheet aligning itself with The Sun. These aren’t ‘mixed fortunes’ but a fantastic example of the game completely changing and the sooner The Guardian stops misrepresenting the figures (to be fair to them the article is far more reasonable than the headline) the better.

If in fact you want a sober, clear-headed breakdown of viewing habits for the whole of the nu-who run then look no further than this blog entry by DWM editor Tom Spilsbury and rejoice in the fact that Doctor Who ratings have increased since 2005!

By now the comments section on The Guardian website should be overflowing with Doctor Who fans, but feel free to join them in expressing your ire…

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.

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