The delayed 2012 start to Doctor Who has led to its Australian broadcasts being up against both AFL and rugby league finals, leading to somewhat lower ratings than in recent years. Asylum of the Daleks was the #1 non-news and non-football show for Saturday 9 September, collecting 549,000 viewers in the “Five Cities” overnight ratings. It also broke the iview online viewing record, being watched by 76,000 people on the first day it was available.
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy followed up with 577,000 and 556,000 viewers respectively. This weekend’s screening of The Power of Three will be the first of this series not directly opposed to a football final.