Torchwood, the BBC spin-off of Doctor Who, has defied critics of its new format and beaten the usual trend of miniseries events by posting large ratings for its weeklong run of the Children of Earth story.
Kicking off last monday with 5.94 million viewers, Torchwood then posted 5.87 million for Wednesday and, amazingly, peaked on Thursday with 6.24 million. Its finale posted 5.8 million. Usually, a miniseries will see its viewership drop off from initially good figures, then rise in its final episode. These figures give a good deal of hope for a fourth series, even if they don’t quite approach the ratings typically garnered by an episode of Doctor Who. Series creator Russell T Davies has said that there is a plan in place, should the series receive the green light for a fourth season.
Torchwood stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd. A fourth season is currently under consideration, although given the support shown during the week-long event, likely to occur.