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See broadcasts for BBC OneThe Magician's Apprentice (1/12 Series 9)

Last updated 29 May 2017
Broadcast: Saturday 19th September 2015
7:40pm-8:30pm BST (18:40 GMT) < > « » Premiere < > « »
(actually broadcast at 19:43:45)
Featuring: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Julian Bleach, Michelle Gomez, Jemma Redgrave, Jami Reid-Quarrell

The Doctor returns - except Clara is having trouble finding him after the skies above the Earth are frozen by shadowy forces from another world. It seems he's in hiding as old enemies resurface and past actions wreak new havoc across the cosmos.

Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC
Final chart position for The Magician's Apprentice

Ratings Information:

Initial figures: 4.645m viewers (overnight), 21.2% audience share, 2nd place day, 29th place week
Consolidated figures: 6.538m viewers (+7 days), 26.3% audience share, 13th place - BARB Week Top 10 (channel), AI 84
Additional figures: 6.840m viewers (+28 days)

Overnights: 4.58 million watched The Magician's Apprentice in the UK, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures. Doctor Who was the highest rated show on BBC One for the day, just above Casualty, which had 4.34 million watching. It was also the second-highest for the day. with The X Factor achieving top spot with 7.33 million.

Finals (+7 days): The final rating is slightly down on last year, where the majority of the season rated around 6.9 million viewers.The rating puts Doctor Who at the 13th most watched programme of the week on all UK Television, and the 4th most watched programme on BBC One. The Great British Bake Off topped the charts with a consolidated audience of 12.35 million viewers, over 2 million higher than its nearest rival, ITV's Downton Abbey, which had 9.9 million viewers.The figures do not include those who watched on the BBC iPlayer, where The Magician's Apprentice had over 1.3 million download requests in the week following transmission.

BARB Reports

BARB Live: 3.326m; Timeshift+7: 3.212m (6.538m total); Timeshift+28: 3.514m (6.840m total)
[first week breakdown: 4.645m(Sat), 5.737m(Sun), 6.028m(Mon), 6.151m(Tue), 6.274m(Wed), 6.382m(Thu)]


BARB Player Report (beta):

w/e 20 Sep: Weekly - 195,050[7th] (iOS 54,675[14th], web 140,374[2nd]); 4 Weeks - same figures[36th] (iOS unlisted, web[11th])
w/e 27 Sep: Weekly - 178.776[8th] (iOS 51,997[18th], web 126,779[4th]); 4 Weeks - 373,826[6th] (iOS 106,672[33rd], web 267,153[4th])
w/e 4 Oct: 4 Weeks - 399,185[7th] (iOS 114,925[32nd], web 284,259[4th])
w/e 11 Oct: 4 Weeks - 419,410[8th] (iOS 120,785[36th], web 298,625[5th])
w/e 18 Oct: 4 Weeks - 238,298[35th] (iOS unlisted, web 167,863[15th])

BBC Reports
The BBC's iPlayer performance figures reported that the episode was requested 1.549m times to the end of the month, making it the seventh most requested programme in September - it was only beaten by episodes of Doctor Foster and The Great British Bakeoff (the figure does not include requests via Virgin Media or Sky).


The Magician's Apprentice Trailer
Catch the first episode of the new series, The Magician's Apprentice from the 19th September.
Credit: BBC