Weekend ratings round-up: 5.9m wave goodbye to the Ponds in ‘Doctor Who’

Amy and Rory’s departure from the TARDIS was watched by 5.9m (26.9%) on Saturday and became the third most watched episode of the current series.

Doctor Who actually peaked at 6.4m viewers for the last five minutes of The Angels Take Manhattan and for the fifth week running the show is the most requested on the BBC iPlayer.

The consolidated ratings for the mad man in a box also continue to impress. The Power of Three added an amazing 2.2m to give it a final viewing figure of 7.7m, making it the 13th most watched show of the week.

Also on Saturday, The Thick of It dipped slightly to 913k (4.4%) whilst CSI: Miami pulled in a consistent 1.2m (5.8%) for Channel 5. Over on Sky Atlantic the third season of Boardwalk Empire debuted to a low-key 123k and a 0.6% share of the audience.

If Saturdays belong to the Doctor then it can’t be denied that Sundays belong to ITV1 and Downton Abbey. The third episode of Series 3 attracted an unbeatable 10m (38.2%) viewers. To fully understand how impressive that figure is we need to compare Downton to The X Factor.

The annual karaoke competition achieved its highest figures of the series so far on Sunday with 9.8m; this is the first time in the show’s history that it hasn’t topped the ratings chart on a Sunday.

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Watch the trailer for Doctor Who‘s The Angels Take Manhattan

All data was supplied by Attentional, Digital Spy and The Guardian.

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