Weekend ratings round-up: ‘Doctor Who’ thrives as ‘Parade’s End’ slides

Despite critical acclaim, Parade’s End lost more viewers this week with only 1.7m (8.1%) tuning in on Friday night.

The third part of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Edwardian drama shed viewers for the second week running and was down approximately 500k on the previous episode. Hopefully we’ll see the end of this decline next week as it will no longer be competing with Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage.

Saturdays this month are now known as ‘Doctor Who Day’ and 8th September was no exception as the second episode of Series 7, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, captivated the kid in all of us with 5.5m (26.2%) viewers.

This is slightly down on the opening episode, as expected, but the consolidated figures will see that figure increase considerably. Asylum of the Daleks has gained nearly 2m viewers now that the consolidated figures are in and it has been confirmed that 8.33m people saw the return of the Time Lord earlier this month.

Other shows to make their mark on Saturday were the ever-reliable CSI: Miami on Channel 5 and the return of The Thick of It on BBC Two, drawing 1.2m viewers each at 9.10pm and 9.45pm respectively.

Sunday 9th saw Inspector George Gently continue to draw a respectable 4.8m (18.4%) viewers to BBC One, although it is interesting that this series is down nearly 1.7m in comparison to this time in 2011.

Watch the trailer for Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

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

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