The latest fear seems to be that ratings under Steven Moffat have nosedived, and that things were so much more popular under previous producer Russell T Davies. I figured it was worth taking a quick look at those stats and see if this was true.
Now it's possibly to point to series 7 and note the sharp fall in ratings in recent weeks, but you can also point to series 2 and see the same thing - and look where David Tennant's ratings finished up.
Just to be sure, I took out the Christmas episodes and the David Tennant specials, and calculated the average number of British TV viewers who watched each season. You wind up with this:
- Series 1 (9th Doctor and Rose, 2005) averaged 7.92m UK viewers per week.
- Series 2 (10th Doctor and Rose, 2006) averaged 7.64m UK viewers per week.
- Series 3 (10th Doctor and Martha, 2007) averaged 7.54m UK viewers per week.
- Series 4 (10th Doctor and Donna, 2008) averaged 8.04m UK viewers per week.
- Series 5 (11th Doctor and Amy, 2010) averaged 7.73m UK viewers per week.
- Series 6 (11th Doctor and Amy and Rory, 2011) averaged 7.52m UK viewers per week.
- Series 7 (11th Doctor and Amy and Rory, then Clara, 2012-13) has to date averaged 7.51m UK viewers per week.
(Note: this is the 400th post on The Angriest. As I usually do every 50 posts or so, thanks for reading.)