Doctor assessing nosedive – appears to be in free fall with no cellar

The BBC has released their second episode of Doctor Who’s Series 13 entitled Flux Chapter Two: War of The Sonatarans, and the ratings for the night are appalling.

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According to Doctor Who News, the show was watched by only 3.96 million people in the UK.

That’s a sharp drop from overnight numbers for the series’ debut installment, Flux: Chapter One: The Halloween Apocalypse.

That episode saw the viewership reach 4.43 million overnight. At the time, it was the lowest-watched episode of Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall’s time on Doctor Who. That has now been adjusted upwards to 5.79 million viewers.

Looking at just the nightly numbers, it’s a total drop of about 470,000 viewers. Percentage viewership decreased by more than 10.6%.

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If the number of 3.96 million persists, it would be one of the least watched Doctor Who episodes of all time. According to Doctor Who News, there are only seven episodes with a viewership of less than 4 million.

They are:

  • 1989′ Battlefield: Part Two
  • 1986’s The Trial Of A Time Lord (The Mysterious Planet): Part Three
  • The Trial Of A Time Lord (The Mysterious Planet): Part Four
  • Full circle from the 80s: part two
  • Battlefield: Part Three
  • 1969 The War Games: Episode Eight
  • Battlefield: part one.

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Clownfish TV’s Kneon comments, “This was a huge setback. People are definitely tuning in to the show. There’s no question.”

He adds: “You can argue about whether the show is good or not, you can argue about whether it was an unfair shock because of Jodie Whittaker or whatever, but it’s very clear that people are turning away from Doctor Who. And they keep dropping out.”

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In the United States, TV Series Finale reports that the viewership for the show has decreased by approximately 35,000 viewers compared to the first episode.

Flux: Chapter One: The Halloween Apocalypse was viewed by 339,000 with a .08 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the second episode, the viewership dropped to 305,000, while the rating in the demo remained the same. Interestingly enough, the drop in viewership was similar to that in the UK, dropping just over 10%.

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Doctor Who’s Series 13 is presented as part of a special six-part story where the Doctor explores the Crimean War, her own history and a new antagonist known as the Flux.

The official synopsis, as provided by the BBC, states: “Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop and Jacob Anderson star in an epic six-part adventure that will take the Doctor and her friends to the edge of the universe and beyond, in a struggle for survival.”

It adds, “Picked with action, humor, terrifying new villains and iconic returning monsters like the Sontarans and the Weeping Angels, the new Doctor Who series tells one story across a huge canvas.”

“It features a host of acclaimed British acting talent, including Rochenda Sandall, Annabel Scholey, Craig Parkinson, Kevin McNally, Sam Spruell, Robert Bathurst, Steve Oram and Thaddea Graham,” the description continues.

Finally, it concludes: “From Liverpool to the depths of space, through the Crimean War and a planet called Atropos that shouldn’t even exist, battling old enemies and new creatures from beyond our dimension, the Doctor and Company are faced with a race against (and through!) time to unravel a universe-spanning mystery: what is the Flux?”

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