‘Doctor Who’ Premiere Sets U.S. Ratings Record on BBC America, Grabs 33% Share in U.K.

'Doctor Who' Premiere Sets U.S. Ratings

UPDATE:Doctor Who” also opened very well Stateside, with Saturday’s premiere of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor setting a BBC America ratings record with 2.2 million viewers. This tops the previous record for the network set with the most recent “Doctor Who” season premiere, in September 2012 (1.56 million).

Saturday’s telecast also averaged a little over 1 million adults 25-54, a nice jump from the 723,000 in the demo watched the season 7 premiere in 2012.

 

LONDON — “Doctor Who’s” season curtain-raiser, in which actor Peter Capaldi makes his first proper appearance as the 12th Doctor, attracted an average 6.8 million viewers to the U.K.’s BBC One on Saturday.

This repped a 33% share, and was the most-watched opener for the skein since 2010. The 80-minute episode, “Deep Breath,” played at 7.50 P.M. local time. At its peak it attracted 7.3 million people.

SEE ALSO: TV Review: ‘Doctor Who,’ Season 8

It is the eighth season in the latest incarnation of the show. The top season opener in this iteration was the first season in 2005, which had Christopher Eccleston in the lead role. That drew an average 9.9 million viewers. The season 5 opener in 2010, which saw the first appearance of Matt Smith, Capaldi’s predecessor, averaged 7.7 million.

The 2005 opener aired in March and the 2010 opener transmitted in April, which are both stronger months for TV shows in the U.K. than August, when many families are on vacation, due to the school holidays. Tomorrow, Monday, is a public holiday in the U.K., which would have prompted many people to go away for the weekend, softening the audience figures still further.

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  1. callingthesuperheroes says:

    Reblogged this on Dreaming Improbably and commented:
    I loved Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, such a nice episode

  2. Al says:

    Doesn’t quit make sense why they didn’t wait til September to air this. I might be projecting North American standards onto British TV, but a holiday weekend during which is still summertime doesn’t make a lot of sense. You don’t see Agents of SHIELD or NCIS or CSI scheduling their season premieres for Labor Day.

    • therealeverton says:

      It doesn’t, but the feeling in the UK for the past three years is the schedule for the show has been mucked about to accomodate starting day/date in America ad on days which better suit the audience there.

      Whether that is true or not I don’t know, but a lot of people think it is so and aren’t too pleased about it.

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