Steven Moffat has spoken this year about wanting Series 7 to have a “blockbuster”-like feeling, something exemplified by the various movie-style posters for each episode.
But nothing says “blockbuster” better than respectable audience figures.
Fans will be thrilled to know, therefore, that the world’s longest running sci-fi television series attracted large audiences in America, Canada and Australia when Asylum of the Daleks was broadcast last weekend.
Consolidated figures from the US over the weekend showed that the Series 7 premiere delivered BBC America’s highest-rated, most watched telecast ever in Live + Same Day. Doctor Who delivered an immense 1.55 million viewers and ranked #1 in cable (excluding sports) among A25-54 in its timeslot.
This record audience was a very respectable 23% up from the Series 6 premiere in 2011.
In Australia, ABC made the series premiere available on the iView service immediately after UK transmission. The episode attracted a record number of overnight views which stood at a huge 75,000 (a lot of early risers down under!), and nearly 130,000 have watched in total since it became available. The episode is broadcast on ABC1 in Australia this coming Saturday (8th September).
Canadian broadcaster SPACE also reported strong figures, with over 620,000 viewers tuning in. The episode is the second highest rated episode in series history on SPACE and was the most watched programme on Canadian television in its timeslot on Saturday night.
All in all, the international success of the show consolidated an impressive performance in the UK, where the Series 7 premiere was the highest rated show in its timeslot, pulling in an overnight average of 6.4 million viewers. This figure is expected to increase by around 1.5 million when delayed viewing figures are added.