Thursday, May 01, 2008

9.04 million

The final viewing figures are in: The Fires of Pompeii officially got 9.04 million viewers in total, including repeats and so on. It was the 4th most watched thing on BBC1 that week, and the 10th most watched thing on any channel for that week. I am gobsmacked. My gob is well and truly smacked. Nine... million... people... No, I can't get that through my head, it's too big and bizarre.

The full length commentary is now available, for anyone who wants to have a listen - it's online here, although not for download, you'll have to play it in the browser and watch the ep on the telly at the same time. Or just listen to the commentary. Or ignore all of it, and have a cup of tea. You can do anything you like! Just put your mind to it! Etc.

I'm very pleased to say that I'll be back at Gallifrey next year, so hopefully I'll get this year's report posted before then. If you're in the area, or nearby, then drop in and say hello.

Now, for you US viewers, the Pompeii episode will be on the Sci Fi channel tomorrow night, Friday, 2nd May, at 9pm EDT, or 11pm PDT. You US folk will understand what those numbers and letters mean, I don't because I come from an impoverished country that can only afford one timezone. So watch it! Unless of course, you have already resorted to Commie Nazi illegal downloading, which helps to fund TERRORISM and WASPS and PAEDOPHILES, probably, according to the adverts.

But seriously, here is a proper anti-piracy warning, so please watch this before you go a-pirateering:

23 comments:

Martin said...

Congrats on the 9(.04)million.

I love the IT Crowd.

That's all I have to say.

Cunningham said...

You should have a bunch of sporks made up with your web address on them...only available at special appearances and so forth and useful if you need to gouge a fan's eye or two if they get too rowdy.

Your always-helpful bastard,

B

dwlt said...

Or perhaps you could get spork pens?

Anyway, congratulations on the 9.04 million!

funnyerik9 said...

I dunno. Sci Fi is going to cut the episode to shreds to fit in commercials. I'll wait until it comes uncut on DVD or at worst Public Telelvision. They're just starting Season Two! I hope noting bad happens to Rose....

Nicole said...

SciFi butchers episodes to no end, and they only air them those two times. That's it. Very very frustrating.

And you guys get the Confidentals (the whole thing not some edited 15 minute thing on the DVD).

Not that I'm bitter or anything...


Can't wait to watch Pompeii tomorrow night.

fsmn36 said...

9 million? Wow, that seems very high for most British ratings I've seen. Well done.

I'm loving that video. Very funny. Also, is that Lauren Graham as the policeman's wife? Hmmm...

SHEIKSPEAR said...

The power of the Doc + the power of the Moran sporks = 9.04 Million!

Top episode, well done, James.

Just think if your deal was a quid for every viewer...

And then there's the repeats...

(loved the vid too!)

SHEIKSPEAR said...

And, oh, yeah, nearly forgot just popped in to let all your fans know there's a very cheap "make your own short" deal now posted on mine.
Cheers!

Remember, it's Friday...

Peter Pan said...

9 million? My thats an awful lot of people! Good on you!
And the IT Crowd rocks .. love it

BaaBaaDoodle said...

Yay, just booked myself into the Gallifrey One conv in Feb. Apparently the banquet is sold out so I won't get to watch you try and eat with a spork :(.

FoP on Sci Fi tonight. I am curious to see what they cut out. I love IPlayer! How do IPlayer views get accounted for in viewership figures?

Danny Stack said...

Does that take into account those watching in Eire? Add a couple of hundred thousand if that's not the case. Me two young nephews in Dublin watched anyway, and they loved it...

Just said...

You're just brilliant!!

PammieJR said...

Congrats on the over 9 million!!!

The slaughter on SciFi was *too* bad, but where they placed the commercials seem rather, jarring?

Not that I would know that anything was missing, really...*looks innocent* because I, being an American, had never seen that episode before.

Thanks for letting us know about the complete comentary!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

It's important to me to see the produced visuals of ALL your words (and those of the other writers), and the SciFi version is so far from that as to be positively incoherent at times. So I guess I'll continue to take my chances with the FBI. Mind you, I've got two part-Chow dogs guarding the door, ready to...erm, run away in case of trouble!

Congrats on the ratings and the return invitation to L.A. See ya in Feb.!

Rosby said...

Any chance at all that you've been approached to write an episode of The IT Crowd? Or does Graham Linehan deal with it all?

That would make me indescribably happy, nonetheless. James Moran + It Crowd would be hysterical.

Congratulations on the 9 million. That's insane. In a good way, obviously. And COMPLETELY deserved.

Also; She is returning, something on your back, Rose on the Doctor's console; WHAT'S GOING ON, MORAN?!

...or, you could just not tell me. But it's getting really exciting now. Eep!

Lucy said...

WTF??? There's like 55 million people in the UK James, where were the other 46 million??? And what could they have been doing RATHER than watch your ep?? Clearly they must all die, I know of at least 3 people in my immediate family who didn't watch to start you off. Death by spork in the ass, natch.

Oh and--

Good clip, but not as good as BBC Ood. I reckon Aunty should air it on real telly!!! Maybe we could kickit Piers-style and do a petition?

Salina said...

Jesus, I have one of these blogs now. Shame on me. It's like I'm trying to be trendy or something. :)

rawshark said...

And just think, if my brother had watched it like I asked him to, your viewing figures would actually read 9.040001 million, which looks much cooler...

Tikimama said...

I must admit I resort to ILLEGAL PIRACY (which means I already know the ep is brilliant) but I do still record it on my Tivo so that it "counts."

patroclus said...

Heh, that video was far and away the best thing (some might venture to suggest the *only* good thing) about the IT Crowd.

Congratulations on the 9 million, that's outstanding.

Jonquil said...

Heh. Apparently that video itself was illegal piracy, because it is no longer available. Taste the irony!

I agree with everybody else's "the SciFi channel version is remarkably inferior". For what it's worth, I always TiVo that version and buy DVDs as soon as they're available. I am providing American revenue for the show. In an ideal world, I could buy a BBC TV license...

C.A. Young said...

I prefer the term Buccaneer American.

And 9.04? Very nice, sir.

James Moran said...

Thank you everyone!

Bill: I totally need custom sporks. I'm going to look into that.

Rosby: I think Mr Linehan takes care of all that.