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UK Ratings Slip For 'Doctor Who'

However, season premiere ratings are bumped into healthier numbers

The season premiere of "Doctor Who" initially proved to be a disappointment ratings-wise in the UK, and its latest episode has seen the figures slide further.

"The Day Of The Moon," which concluded the Doctor's adventures in the United States, attracted only 5.4 million viewers to the UK's BBC One, losing out on a substantial 1.1 million from the season opener.

"The Impossible Astronaut" attracted a disappointing 6.5 million viewers on its initial broadcast, however that figure has now received a bump thanks to BBC iPlayer and additional viewership throughout the rest of the week. The final consolidated ratings put the episode at a healthier 8.86 million and include those who recorded the episode and watched it later.

The final ratings number puts the series in league with other season premiere episodes of the show. "New Earth," was essentially David Tennant's first real episode of the series, pulled in 8.6 million in 2006, with "Smith and Jones" building on it a year later with 8.7 million. Season four remains the clear victor so far with 9.1 million people tuning in to see the final seasonal run with Tennant at the controls of the Tardis.

In the two-part adventure, The Doctor (Matt Smith) and his travelling companions head to the White House to help President Nixon solve a mystery involving a space man and bizarre phone calls. Also to their credit, the episodes features a race of monsters that were so chilling they give the Weeping Angels a run for their money.

"Doctor Who" airs Saturdays at 6 p.m. BST in the UK, and then at 8 p.m. ET on BBC America.

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Alan Stanley Blair is the news editor for Airlock Alpha and assistant news editor for its sister site, Inside Blip. Contributing from his home in Scotland, he is currently studying for a diploma in freelance journalism and feature writing. He can be found on Twitter @Alanistic.
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