[TV] Doctor Who Christmas Special ‘The Time of The Doctor’ Scores Record Ratings for BBCA
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.02.2014
Doctor Who nets BBCA’s best ratings in history…
BBC America announced today in an official press release that the most recent Doctor Who Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor," delivered the network's highest ever Live+SD telecast with 2.47 million total viewers, and 1.26/1.52 rating for A25-54.
The ratings was a 72% increase from last year's Christmas special broadcast in total viewers and a 56% increase from the A25-54 demo. The special totaled 3.02 million Live+SD total viewers, combining the 9PM premiere with 12:05AM and 3:00AM replays. "The Time of the Doctor" was star Matt Smith's finale as the Doctor and featured the regeneration of the next Doctor played by Peter Capaldi.
BBCA SVP Programming Richard De Croce said on the announcement: "Steven Moffat's first season as showrunner with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor was the first new Doctor Who season to premiere in the US on BBC AMERICA. It feels like yesterday we were launching the first episode at a screening in New York's East Village. But almost four years on, thanks to the incredible stories, performances and the most passionate fans in the world, both Doctor Who and BBC AMERICA have never been bigger. Matt will forever be a part of the BBC AMERICA family and we look forward to teaming up with him again."
Also according to release, the 4Q 2013 ratings for BBCA marked their best quarter ever for ratings, and 2013 was their highest ratings year ever overall.