'Doctor Who' Special, 'The Day of the Doctor' Delivers 2.4 Million Viewers on BBC America

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November 25th, 2013

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New York – November 25, 2013 – BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who and new Supernatural Saturday series Atlantis broke records on Saturday, November 23. Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary special, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, delivered 3.6 million viewers in L+SD for the daytime simulcast and primetime encore.  On Saturday, BBC AMERICA was the #1 cable network on Twitter, Doctor Who was #1 on Twitter in all of television and the series set a record on Tumblr with the highest level of activity of any televised event ever, surpassing the Super Bowl and MTV’s Video Music Awards. 

Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor global simulcast on BBC AMERICA at 2:50pm ET delivered the channel its best telecast ever in L+SD, 2.4 million total viewers and 1.2 million among A25-54. In addition to its premiere on BBC AMERICA, the channel presented sold-out RealD™3D simulcast screenings in eleven cities for eleven Doctors on Saturday.

Doctor Who earned the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama following a massive global campaign which saw the episode broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.

“The fan response on-air, in social media and in theaters across the country has been nothing short of incredible.  The 50th Anniversary of this extraordinary program has cemented its iconic status for millions of American viewers and we can't wait for the Christmas Special,” said Perry Simon, General Manager for BBC AMERICA.

BBC AMERICA’s new fantasy series, Atlantis, delivered the highest rated series premiere ever for Supernatural Saturday with 838,000 total viewers. From the creators of Merlin and Misfits, the 13-part series airing Saturdays at 9:00pm ET, brings to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation.

Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary celebration continues tonight (11/25) with BBC AMERICA and NCM Fathom Events presenting RealD™3D screenings in over 660 select movie theaters across the US. Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor is NCM Fathom Event’s most successful one-night event to date, with record-breaking pre-sales of 175,000+ tickets and the highest web traffic in FathomEvents.com history.  Theaters are sold out across the country from New York to Los Angeles; Chicago to Orlando; and Dallas to Seattle, among many more markets.

Additional key successes include:

·         Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor is the #1 season and episode on iTunes and #1 episode on Amazon’s television chart within 24 hours of release.

·         #1 most downloaded episode of 2013 for BBC Worldwide on iTunes (based on first day of sale).

·         In social media, BBC AMERICA ranked as the #1 entertainment network in U.S. cable for the week.

·         On Tumblr, there were 14.5 million views of BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who Tumblr on November 23.

·         On Twitter, Doctor Who overall generated a total of 1.83 million tweets, topping everything on cable for the week.

·         On GetGlue, Doctor Who recorded the most activity ever for a single show smashing the previous record held by Breaking Bad.

·         On November 23, BBCAmerica.com had its best day ever with over 1.375 million global page views. BBCAmerica.com and its Anglophenia blog had its best week ever in page views and uniques.

Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor will be available as a Blu-ray combo pack or DVD on Tuesday, December 10. Written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor stars the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, companion Jenna Coleman, with Billie Piper and John Hurt.

This Christmas, BBC AMERICA will premiere Matt Smith’s final episode, Doctor Who’s Christmas Special, where Smith’s Eleventh Doctor will regenerate into the next Doctor played by Peter Capaldi.


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  • cimmer

    Nice going BBCA. I wonder how many of those viewers stuck around for ‘Atlantis’ which was cute, not great but okay.

  • John A

    Wow great numbers for BBCA.

  • Grimshaw

    If we take the first figure, thats over a 100% increase on the Series 7 average which was 1.13M (will need to double check these include +SD though); when we include the second showing its a 200% increase.

    Phenomenal figures and bodes well for Christmas. Doctor Who did 1.434M there last year, this years its a regeneration of a Doctor whose ratings continue to increase yoy.

  • Jon

    How did An Adventure in Space and Time fare? I’m hoping it did decently as it was a great drama.

    Atlantis had good retention from the encore showing of Day of the Doctor but 2.4m is fantastic especially due to being on in the afternoon, had it not been for the cinema showings, it probably would have done nearer 3m

  • Nick

    @Jon – An Adventure in Space and Time was also a good performer for the network, delivering 487K total viewers and leading to their best Friday Prime performance of all time.

  • tomko44

    @cimmer The total was a little over 838K for Atlantis

  • Jon

    That is pretty good for AAISAT, higher than most BBC America dramas.

  • coolioni

    Yeah for Dr. Who!!!
    I just watched the monday showing at the movies. It was great.
    The commentary at the end was really good

  • TCinLA

    Atlantis sucks. Won’t be watching my IQ drain out my ear further.

    Dr Who, on the other hand, ROCKED OUT!!!

  • Joe

    It’s amazing how far Doctor Who has come in the US… It wasn’t long ago that it was an extremely niche show that barely anyone even heard of let alone watched…

  • UKTVFan

    Nick, do you have the exact numbers for the 2:50pm premiere and 7pm repeat of Day of the Doctor? Are the normal cable ratings that come out each day “Live+Same Day”? If not, I’d be curious to know exactly how many tuned in at 2:50pm, then at 7pm.

    Also, the press release says 0.838 million total viewers for the premiere of Atlantis. Is that the 9pm number or the total of the 9pm broadcast plus repeats? I just want to make sure I’m using consistent numbers when comparing Atlantis to other Saturday shows!

  • Nick

    @UKTVFan: Yes, this is all in terms of Live+SD. Here are the specifics with 18-49 demo rating –

    Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor (BBC America)
    -2:49 PM: 2.431 million viewers, 1.08 A18-49 (#1 in cable)

    Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor Encore (BBC America)
    -7 PM: 1.194 million viewers, 0.48 A18-49

    The Atlantis total viewer number is indeed just the premiere (with a .24 A18-49 rating). With the 1A encore (283K), it was at 1.121 million viewers.

  • coolioni

    So 3.5 total for the 2 times it played on Saturday.
    I am pretty sure they also ran the show later at night so there was even more views than the 3.6 million.

    I wonder why the total viewers in the title says 2.4 million, but6 then when you read the article right away it says Live + same day is 3.6.

    Why not just put in the title 3.6 ? I think that would grab the attention more then 2.4 that you guys are listing in the title.

    I think this was a huge accomplishment for BBCA and the title of this should read 3.6 milllion or even more if you count the night time episodes than ran before 3 am.

  • UKTVFan

    When the news of a global simulcast was first announced, I felt a bit bad for BBC America, since it meant the 2:50pm premiere, which is now the channel’s highest single broadcast, wouldn’t have commercials. However, it was sponsored by AT&T, so hopefully they paid BBC America a decent amount of money! Luckily, the 7pm repeat, which included normal levels of commercials, had 1.2 million viewers.

    Also, it’s nice to see at Atlantis start well. Yes, it’s not high drama, but I thought it was a fun bit of light drama, and it fit the “replacement for Merlin” requirement perfectly. The good news is that even if Atlantis stabilizes over the coming weeks with just half of the 9pm premiere viewers (about 400,000 viewers), that’s right around Orphan Black’s 9pm numbers, so it will be a success.

  • Em J

    Way to go American Whovians! ??

  • Em J

    Oops the question marks were supposed to be hearts so again BRILLIANT work American Whovians you have made this Whovian from across the pond a bit proud!

  • sue

    I loved Day of the Doctor, it was clever well written and everyone got something to do. John Hurt could have had a bit more to do but what he did do was great too. I knew that sooner or later they were going to have to backpedal on the destruction of Gallifrey, they just cut off way too many story options with that move. It’s a little sad that more of the older doctors didn’t make even a moment’s appearance but to have Tom Baker show up at the end was an indescribable surprise since he’d so adamantly avoided anything to do with the show after his long tenure. The only disappointment is that they included that awful Tom McGann movie in the recognized history but I suppose that couldn’t be helped.

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