10.5 Million watch Journey's End
July 18, 2008
Final figures have been released by BARB for the week featuring the final episode of season 30 of Doctor Who, and these reveal adjusted figures for Doctor Who to account for time shifting and repeat broadcasts.
As a result, an astonishing 10.57 million viewers watched Jouney's End. This marks the first time in Doctor Who's 45 years that an episode has been the most-watched programme during the week of broadcast, and it even beat into second place coverage of the men's Wimbledon final by almost two million. (Of course a Briton in the final would have had a very different effect...)
This also marks the third occasion since the series revival in 2005 that it has broken the 10 million viewers barrier. Opening episode Rose was watched by 10.81 million (higher, but not the most watched programme that week), while the 2007 Christmas Special Voyage of the Damned yielded an audience of 13.31 million.