But: a) Only measured TV. Not everywhere. TV was more popular in 2005. Now there’s more options than just TV.
b) People who tuned in for the hot babe Doctors for the fan fiction . net and left the show once a cantankerous side of his personality comes out were just passerbys. They’re not less valid (I don’t do “normie vs hardcore” divisions) buuuut…. well, yeah they’re kinda a little less valid.