Borgias Renewed, “Doctor Who” Ratings

Showtime’s historical drama “The Borgias” with Jeremy Irons as the corrupt and dangerous Pope Alexander VI has been renewed for a ten episode second season reports TV Line.

Currently halfway through its first season, “The Borgias” has been consistently pulling in averaging 1.1 million viewers per week for Showtime. Production of the second season kicks off this Summer with the episodes to air in the Spring.

In the UK, the sixth season premiere of “Doctor Who” drew an average audience of 6.5 million viewers and an audience share of 36.7%. That number was down from the eight million who tuned into last season’s premiere, though doesn’t include DVR and iView figures which are expected to make the figure much higher. To be fair as well, the show aired in an early 6pm timeslot on a very sunny Easter Saturday and low audience figures were recorded across all channels this weekend.

BBC America’s broadcast of the ‘Who’ season premiere in the U.S. set a record for the cable network with 1.28 million viewers watching its U.S.-filmed episode, up 71,000 viewers from its previous high of last season’s debut in April.