Merlin IV's kick off drew in 5.23 million viewers which equals an average of 22,7% audience share for the time slot on Saturday evening according to overnight figures. The series opener was down 400.000 viewers compared to last year's start.

The first installment of Merlin was the fourth highest rated TV show on October 1, 2011. "Merlin -The Darkest Hour - Part 1" was in competition with The X-Factor (being the big winner of that day with 9.5 million viewers).

The series' finale of Doctor Who, which had the third-highest rating of 6.1 million was on before the actual broadcast of Merlin. Strictly Come Dancing came in second place with 7.5 million viewers tuning in.

Please do note that the official viewing figures vary from the overnight figures due to online catch-up services like BBC iPlayer etc.

Date Episode Overnight* Share* Final**
October 1, 2011 The Darkest Hour I 5,23m 22.7% 6.40m
October 8, 2011 The Darkest Hour II 5,54m 20.9% 6.80m
October 15, 2011 The Wicked Day 5.71m 22.6% 7.04m
October 22, 2011 Aithusia 5.52m 21.4% 6.96m
October 29, 2011 His Father's Son 5.90m 23.7% 7.40m
November 5, 2011 A Servant Of Two Masters 5.45m 22.9% 6.94m
November 12, 2011 The Secret Sharer 5.40m 20.6% 6.72m 
November 19, 2011 Lamia 5.65m 21.2% 7.00m
November 26, 2011 Lancelot Du Lac 6.01m 23.0% 7.32m
December 3, 2011 A Harald Of The New Age 5.66m 21.8% 6.90m
December 10, 2011 The Hunter's Heart 5.53m 20.9% 7.12m
December 17, 2011 The Sword in The Stone I 7.19m 29.7% 8.39m
December 24, 2011 The Sword in The Stone II

6.38m

25.0%

8.18m

*Based on overnight figures, based on the number of actual viewers who tuned in.

**Based on final BARB figures (consolidated figures which include VCR, DVDR and PVR playback within 7 days of the original broadcast.).

 

 

 

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