It’s been a busy week for Doctor Who news – finally, here we’ve got the first of our round-ups covering the reaction to Victory of the Daleks which was seen by an initial 6.4 million viewers.
The episode attracted an overnight audience of 6.2 million on BBC1 with 231,000 tuning in on BBC HD – evidently a bit less than initial results for previous episodes. In fact Victory of the Daleks may even turn out to be the lowest rated episode since the series returned in 2005.
Victory of the Daleks‘ Audience Appreciation Index was 84, slightly lower than for previous episodes yet still quite high, however unfortunately this this doesn’t give any indication as to why the episode rated lower on the overnight audience figures. One of the finest weekends in the UK for months meanwhile might account for this, as might the return of ITV’s Spring megalith Britain’s Got Talent., which dominated the weekend schedules. However long-term interest in this competition is likely to be weakened by the impending General Election.
The arrival of new Daleks in Doctor Who has traditionally been a cause for excitement – despite (or because of?) major promotional work (including a Radio Times cover) it would seem that this time around things haven’t gone exactly as planned, for no particularly apparent reason.
However (based on previous weeks) once delayed viewing figures are added, Victory of the Daleks is likely to pickup around 2 million viewers, so all is not lost.