Okay, so I admit to a bit of hyperbole in the title, but in my defense The Day of the Doctor did set and/or break quite a number of records. A press release from BBC America lists all the cool things the anniversary episode of Doctor Who did. You know, besides the fez and bowtie.
Here’s some of the records broken, starting with a record authority everyone’s familiar with.
Guinness World Record
The Day of the Doctor was the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama with it being broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.
Highest rated broadcast ever for BBC America
Live + same day ratings clocked in 3.6 million viewers for the network, a ratings record for BBC America.
#1 show trending on Twitter
On Saturday, BBC America was the #1 cable network on Twitter and Doctor Who was the #1 television show trending on the social network. Doctor Who generated 1.83 million tweets.
Man, you people really tweeted your fingers off. I might’ve helped a little…
#1 TV event on Tumblr
Doctor Who set a Tumblr record, bringing the highest level of activity of any television event ever. It even beat the Super Bowl and the MTV VMAs. The Doctor Who Tumblr had a massive 14.5 millions views on November 23 alone.
That’s right…suck it, football and lip-syncing.
Online Viewing Records
The Day of the Doctor is the #1 episode on both iTunes and Amazon’s television chart within 24 hours of its release. It was also the most downloaded episode of 2013 for BBC Worldwide on iTunes based on the first day of sale.
BBC America’s website had its best day (and week) ever
On November 23, BBCAmerica.com got over 1.375 million global page hits and had its best week in page views and unique site visitors.
Doctor Who returns Christmas Day for the annual Christmas Special.