Supernatural Saturday Line-Up of 'Doctor Who', 'Orphan Black', & 'The Nerdist' Delivers Strong Ratings for BBC America

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April 2nd, 2013


via press release:

Big night for BBC AMERICA puts Supernatural Saturday line-up #1 in social

New York – April 2, 2013 – BBC AMERICA’s new Supernatural Saturday line-up trended #1 in social and recorded one of the channel’s all-time highest rated nights. Over 2 million fans tuned in to Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John on Saturday, March 30.

Following Doctor Who, BBC AMERICA’s original drama premiere, Orphan Black, scored over 1 million viewers, with new original comedy talk show premiere, The Nerdist, watched by almost half a million. The shows ranked #1 (Doctor Who), #2 (Orphan Black) and #3 (The Nerdist) in social media on the night.

Perry Simon, BBC AMERICA General Manager, said: “This was a big night for BBC AMERICA. All three shows attracted mass critical acclaim and clearly earned the fans’ stamp of approval. They not only watched in big numbers, but they also shared their enthusiasm, sending the shows to the top of the social charts.”

Doctor Who recorded a total of 2,019,000 in P2+ Live+SD Cume. In its 8:00pm premiere it delivered 1,496,000 in P2+ (BBC AMERICA's second best telecast ever after Doctor Who's S7.1 premiere, 1,555,000 on 9/1/12) and 737,000 in A25-54 (BBC AMERICA's second best telecast ever after Doctor Who: The Snowmen, 807,000 on 12/25/12). From 8:00-9:00pm, Doctor Who ranked as the #3 program in cable among A25-54.

Orphan Black delivered 1,026,000 in P2+ Live+SD Cume. Its 9:00pm premiere was watched by 684,000 in P2+ and 375,000 in A25-54.

The Nerdist was watched by 430,000 in P2+ Live+SD Cume. Its 10:00pm premiere delivered 325,000 in P2+ and 176,000 in A25-54.

In Saturday prime BBC AMERICA ranked as the #3 network in cable A25-54.

Ratings source: Nielsen Media Research

Social source: Trendrr TV (rank excludes sports programming)

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  • JulieDawn

    Good! Here in Canada, Space also announced yesterday that both Doctor Who and Orphan Black provided excellent ratings on Sat night. (The Nerdist doesn’t air here until Sunday nights).

  • Prism

    Aw, really TBTN? All the new promotional pics of Matt and Jenna and you have to put up a pic of the dearly departed Ponds? This is supposed to be a happy article.

  • Eric_Philly

    Watched all three on DVR… good all around! The network remains small, but it’s showing great growth!

  • coolioni

    So if I am reading this correctly Doctor Who had a audience of over 2 million live plus same day?

    If that is correct then this is the best I have seen the show ever do in America.

    I don’t recall the show ever going over 2 million.

  • DW

    enjoyed both shows. happy they did well.

  • Ike

    Sara/TVBTN, that’s an outdated photo. Those two companions are no longer on the show. Got a newer one? Look for one with Jenna-Louise Coleman in it, maybe.

  • RobertN

    Orphan Black is entertaining. Doesn’t hurt that the lead actress is hot and shows her naked butt…. a lot.

  • Lexington Concord

    Thank you for posting this. I was wondering how many people watched it. 2 million viewers is amazing especially since it aired on a cable channel on a Tuesday

  • Katie Hart

    Do you not show cable ratings for Saturdays? I’ve looked all over the site and can’t find them. :( Curious to see how Doctor Who does against the competition in the weeks to come.

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