With a show that has it’s highest country-wide ratings on a broadcast during Christmas Day, which over shadow any ratings we have for any show here in the US, doesn’t it make sense that we finally get on board the Doctor Who craze? According the a BBC America press release, a recent special has broken records that nobody saw coming:
Television’s longest running hit science fiction series, Doctor Who, has never been bigger in the U.S. On Saturday, December 19, Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars delivered BBC AMERICA its highest ever primetime rating and delivery in total viewers and A25-54.
Over 1.1million viewers watched the program on Saturday, ranking BBC AMERICA #13 in coverage rating during the premiere among ad supported cable nets for A25-54.
The episode, titled “The Waters of Mars”, is one of the last episodes of this season, which is also the last season that star David Tennant and show-runner Russel T. Davies will be involved with. From then on, the show will star newcomer Matt Smith as the Doctor, with writer Stephen Moffat taking on show-running responsibilities.
Next up for the season, there are two final specials which will air on December 26, 9:00pm ET/PT and January 2, 8:30pm ET/PT on BBC America. This is a step up from Sci-Fi’s initial deal years ago, which would have the show syndicated months after it’s initial broadcast in the UK. Be sure to catch the final David Tennant episodes, only days after their first broadcast, on BBC America.