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See broadcasts for BBC OneA Town Called Mercy

Last updated 02 January 2017
Broadcast: Saturday 15th September 2012
7:35pm-8:20pm BST (18:35 GMT) < > « » Premiere < > « »
(actually broadcast at 19:36:20)
Featuring: Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan, Ben Browder, Garrick Hagon, Adrian Scarborough
Broadcast Source: BBC
Final chart position for A Town Called Mercy

Ratings Information:

Initial figures: 6.600m viewers (overnight), 29.1% audience share, 3rd place day
Consolidated figures: 8.420m viewers (+7 days), 33.4% audience share, 9th place, AI 85
Online player figures: 1.41m requests as of 7th October 2012

Initials: the episode was third for the day, behind the big entertainment hitters, The X Factor with 9.0m and the launch show of Strictly Come Dancing with 8.0m (providing a strong lead in for the Doctor). Against Doctor Who, ITV1's Red and Black managed 3.6m, with Dad's Army on BBC Two having 1.9m viewers.

Finals: with 8.42 million viewers, the episode was the second highest rated programme on BBC Television for the week with only the series premiere of the dance series Strictly Come Dancing out-rating it. Doctor Who beat every edition of the soap EastEnders.

The situation when ITV1 figures are added is complicated. When the raw figures for each channel are studied then Doctor Who appears to be 7th in the list of top programmes. However ITV1 HD needs to be added into the mix as the figures are calculated separately for the HD version for the independent channel, but added into the reported figures for BBC One. The BBC also includes ITV+1 when comparing their programmes with the opposition, as watching on ITV+1 is considered the same as recording a programme on the main channel and watching it later. When these extra figures are added in, Doctor Who comes in as the 9th most watched programme of the week.

Live+7 Figure: 9.22m (Live+VOSDAL: 6.49m, Narrative Repeat: 0.17m, Time-Shift: 1.88m, iPlayer: 0.68m)

iPlayer figures: available 22 days, accessed 1,176,038 times in first week.