BBC AMERICA’S new season of Doctor Who, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth and first female Doctor, drew 1.4 million viewers and 658,000 adults ages 25-54 in its 1:45 pm global simulcast premiere. Doctor Who now ranks as the fastest-growing drama on TV this year with a +48% increase over the previous season premiere in Nielsen live/same day ratings. The season opener ranked as the #1 program in its timeslot across all of cable in the target demos and was the #1 most searched program and #1 most talked about program on social media with 93% positive sentiment.
If that TV jargon was a little too technical, let’s break it down this way: Whittaker’s premiere more than doubled Peter Capaldi’s final episode, while exceeding the debuts of David Tennant and Matt Smith. Including the primetime special and same-day encores, the new season premiere episode has already grossed over 2.6 million total viewers and 1.2 million adults – the highest sampling for a Doctor Who season premiere since the series reboot over a decade ago.
“To see such growth for a 55-year-old franchise is rather unusual and entirely brilliant,” said BBC America President and GM Sarah Barnett in a press release.
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Doctor Who airs Sundays at 8 pm on BBC America. Missed Episode 1? It is available now on VOD, BBC AMERICA app, and BBC America.