Doctor Who News Doctor Who: The Snowmen scored well in overnight audience figures

Published on December 27th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

The Snowmen Shocks 7.6m Viewers

Did you tune into The Snowmen on Christmas Day? If so you were one of a legion of 7.6 million viewers who sat in front of BBC One and BBC HD at 5.15pm to enjoy the latest Christmas Doctor Who!

Doctor Who: The Snowmen scored well in overnight audience figures

The introduction of Clara and the new TARDIS interior – not to mention a monster from the past – attracted 34% of the available viewing audience according to overnight figures.

In the grand scheme of Christmas things, the Time Lord’s adventures and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman resulted in The Snowmen placing Doctor Who as the fifth most-watched show of Christmas Day, with final consolidated figures for all shows still to be released.

  1. EastEnders, BBC1, 8.45pm-9.45pm, 9.37 million (34.3%)
  2. Coronation Street, ITV1, 7.30pm-8.30pm, 8.83 million (34.5%)
  3. Strictly Come Dancing, BBC1, 6.15pm-7.30pm, 7.76 million (33.3%)
  4. The Royle Family, BBC1, 9.45pm-10.45pm, 7.68 million (30.1%)
  5. Doctor Who, BBC1, 5.15pm-6.15pm, 7.59 million (33.9%)
  6. Downton Abbey, ITV1, 8.45pm-10.45pm, 7.32 million (27.7%)
  7. Call the Midwife, BBC1, 7.30pm-8.45pm, 7.26 million (28.3%)
  8. The Queen, BBC1, 3pm-3.10pm, 6.27 million (36.7%)
  9. Emmerdale, ITV1, 7pm-7.30pm, 6.23 million (25.7%)
  10. BBC News, BBC1, 10.45pm-11pm, 6.1 million (30.3%)

Based on the continued strong reaction to The Snowmen (Kasterborous has just experienced its most successful day ever!) we suspect that the final figure for the episode will be much higher, so pay no attention to naysayers comparing the figure with 2011.


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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+.

3 Responses to The Snowmen Shocks 7.6m Viewers

  1. avatar Sandra says:

    Tell me about it! A whole heap of hits on my blog for the Oswin Oswald “Asylum of the Daleks” promo pics. LOL.

    I’ll go out on a limb and say we’ll get close to 10m. Possibly a bit more. Average consolidated increase is normally 1.6million. For Christmas it’s around 1.9m. With the early time slot, I’m going to say more than 1.9 extra and I’m banking on 10m final figure.

  2. avatar castellanspandrel says:

    Wouldn’t worry about it. Some papers are having a go at the viewing figures for the sainted Downton now.

  3. avatar Shadowfather says:

    I can definitely see the Great Intelligence being a fixture this coming season – the odds of Jenna’s character appearing three times (after dying twice) and obviously not being a proper Time Lord is an interesting occurrence.

    Perhaps she is the Carnival Queen; a creature that appeared once to help The Doctor against the Great Old Ones?

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