Posted by mydoctor1962
Remember two weeks ago when everyone was freaking out about how low the overnight ratings for “Magician’s Apprentice” were and how WHO was done for (which it might be but that’s a different story).
Well, in the old days of TV the overnight ratings were all there was, but technology has changed all that.
Doctor Who The Magician’s Apprentice has an official consolidated 7 day rating of 6.54 million viewers.
The rating issued by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board, or BARB, includes all those who watched the programme within one week of transmission.
The final rating is slightly down on last year, where the majority of the season rated around 6.9 million viewers.
The rating puts Doctor Who at the 13th most watched programme of the week on all UK Television, and the 4th most watched programme on BBC One. The Great British Bake Off topped the charts with a consolidated audience of 12.35 million viewers, over 2 million higher than its nearest rival, ITV’s Downton Abbey, which had 9.9 million viewers.
The figures do not include those who watched on the BBC iPlayer, where The Magician’s Apprentice had over 1.3 million download requests in the week following transmission.
So the house is not falling. It’s changing. The way people consume TV shows these days is totally different than what has been “traditional” and like it or not, that is just the way of things.
I know quite a number of people who only watch through streaming services or online service like Amazon Prime.
In what’s left of my lifetime “The Networks” as constructed all my life will probably be no more by the end of it.
Many People want to watch when THEY want to watch.
It’s the way we’re going.
So, as Douglas Adams wrote once, “DON’T PANIC”.