via press release:
BBC AMERICA’S LIVE DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL RANKED #1 SHOW IN SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SUNDAY
The surprise live special is BBC AMERICA’s best telecast ever outside of Prime among A25-54
Following the announcement, BBC AMERICA to encore Torchwood: Children of Earth starring
the next Doctor Peter Capaldi on Sunday, August 11
New York – August 7, 2013 – BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor special on Sunday, August 4, at 2:00pm ET was the #1 telecast in all of television for the day (excluding sports) in social media in the US.*
The special, which was revealed on schedules last Thursday night, announced multi-award-winning actor Peter Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor, taking over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas. Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor delivered 895,000 total viewers and 454,000 among A25-54.** It is BBC AMERICA’s best telecast ever outside of Prime among A25-54 and is behind only the Royal Wedding for the best telecast outside of Prime in total viewers.
Twitter activity around the special was double the hit sci-fi series’ season average for BBC AMERICA. In the peak of the activity, six out of the ten trending topics in the US were related to the announcement. On Tumblr, there were 11.84 million views of the Official Doctor Who Tumblr posts since Thursday and fans created 3 million Doctor Who-related reblogs on the day of the announcement.
Encore of Five-Part Television Event – Torchwood: Children of Earth
In celebration of the announcement, BBC AMERICA will encore the channel’s critically acclaimed five-parter, Torchwood: Children of Earth, starring Peter Capaldi alongside John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd. Torchwood, a Doctor Who spin-off, delivered record ratings for the channel in 2009. Children of Earth sees an ordinary day become one of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: “We are coming.” The Torchwood team is faced with their fiercest threat to date – one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiraling into danger. Torchwood: Children of Earth will air in its entirety on Sunday, August 11, 2:00-7:00pm ET.
Past Doctors Star in Tonight’s Premieres
Law & Order: UK starring the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, returns with a new season on tonight at 9:00pm ET followed by the US premiere of the acclaimed eight-part drama, Broadchurch, starring the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, at 10:00pm ET.
* Trendrr.TV. Tumblr Analytics. Union Metrics.
** Nielsen Media Research, L+SD
BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy®, five Golden Globes® and eleven Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in more than 80 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by visiting www.press.bbcamerica.com or follow us on www.twitter.com/bbcamerica.