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Last updated 02 January 2017
Broadcast: Tuesday 25th December 2012
5:15pm-6:15pm GMT < > « » Premiere < > « »
(actually broadcast at 17:14:00)
Featuring: Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Richard E. Grant, Neve McIntosh, Ian McKellen, Dan Starkey, Tom Ward

1892: snowfall is making for a picture postcard Christmas Eve, but a chilling menace threatens Earth as an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. He, however, is in mourning, reclusive and intent on ignoring the problems of the universe.
Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC
Final chart position for The Snowmen

Ratings Information:

Initial figures: 7.590m viewers (overnight), 33.9% audience share, 6th place day
Consolidated figures: 9.870m viewers (+7 days), 38.8% audience share, 9th place, AI 87
Online player figures: 1.60m requests as of 5th January 2013

Initials: the episode was the fifth most-watched programme of the day, which saw BBC One take seven of the top ten places in the ratings chart. The most watched programme of the day was EastEnders which had 9.4m viewers. ITV1's highest rated show of the day was Coronation Street with 8.6m viewers. Other shows included Strictly Come Dancing (7.8m), The Royle Family (7.7m), Call the Midwife (7.3m) and Downton Abbey (6.8m). Emmerdale, on against Doctor Who, achieved 4.7 million viewers.

Christmas Day Finals: top of the list was EastEnders with 11.3 million watching, followed by Call the Midwife with 10.2m, and The Royle Family with 9.9m. Coronation Street was the highest-rated programme on ITV1 with 9.8m, and Downton Abbey with 9.7m. Strictly Come Dancing watched by 9.2m, and Emmerdale with 6.8m. Figures do not include the +1 channels.

Live+7 Figures: 11.28m (Live+VOSDAL: 7.49m, Narrative Repeat: 0.86m, Time-Shift: 2.33m, iPlayer: 0.60m)

iPlayer Figures: available for 12 days, with 1,478,420 requests in the first week.


DRAMA It's a snowy 1842 Christmas and a little boy is building a snowman. Ah, how sweet. But forget Walking in the Air, this snowman is a monster made from telepathic snow. Fifty years later, snowmen with big sharp teeth are breeding, ready to take over the world at the behest of a madman (played by Richard E Grant) and his huge talking glass globe (you'll recognise the voice). Only the Doctor (Matt Smith) can save the planet, but he's a shadow of his former self after past tragedies. Alone and bereft, he's roaming the galaxy in a new-look Tardis where unhappiness is his only friend. Until he meets twinkly barmaid/governess Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Steven Moffat's story crests waves of fun (watch for a little wink to Sherlock) and sadness. It looks lovely, too.

Credit: Radio Times, p131