Series 9 averages 6 million viewers
With its climactic conclusion, Hell Bent, being watched by an official audience of 6.17 million, the figures make the specially extended episode the least most watched series finale since 2005, just behind Series 5’s The Big Bang which attracted 6.7 million back in 2010. Meanwhile, Series 9 as a whole is also slightly down on last year’s which averaged 7.4 million. This year’s highest rated episode was, understandably, its highly publicised premiere with 6.54 million viewers.
After 10 years, Doctor Who still continues to be one of the most successful shows on TV with showrunner Steven Moffat affirming that the series has never been more popular. However, he has recently suggested that it “is not built to go out at 8.25pm”, with incumbent Time Lord Peter Capaldi agreeing that it “doesn’t belong” in a later time slot.