There were some who predicted that Doctor Who’s ratings would see a dramatic decline when it was announced that, for the first time, a woman had been cast as The Doctor. The opposite occurred and BBC America’s ratings for season 11 rose more than 30% when compared to season 10. Will viewership continue to rise in season 12? Could Doctor Who actually be cancelled or, is it sure to be renewed for season 13, regardless of the ratings? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A BBC America science-fiction drama, the 12th season of 2005’s Doctor Who revival stars Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor travels through time and space in the TARDIS, which appears to be a British police box on the outside, with traveling companions Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) and Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh). Guest stars in season 12 include Molly Harris, Neil Stuke, Jo Martin, Anjli Mohindra, Julia Foster, Aurora Marion, James Buckley, Jacob Collins-Levy, Dominique Maher, Darron Meyer, Lenny Henry, Stephen Fry, Robert Glenister, Goran Višnjic, Laura Fraser, and Sacha Dhawan.
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For comparisons: Season 11 of Doctor Who on BBC America averaged a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 881,000 viewers.
Cable ratings are typically released within a day or so of the show’s airing, except for in the case of weekends and holidays.
What do you think? Do you like the Doctor Who TV series on BBC America? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 13th season?
*2/26/20 update: Doctor Who has been renewed for a 13th season.