The verdict is in: The people love Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi more than they’ve ever loved the show. Saturday’s series 8 premiere had 2.58 million viewers in Live + Same Day cumulative viewership and if you look at the ratings breakdown in the press release you can see Doctor Who appeals to a very wide range of ages.
Overall, BBC America had a great night and took over television just as planned. Intruders, the body stealing thriller from Glen Morgan, played a key role in the invasion by delivering over 1 million total viewers in Live+SD ratings itself. That’s about the same ratings Orphan Black got during its first season premiere, so that’s a good sign.
The post Doctor Who show After Who Live did pretty well itself. It brought in just over 400,000 viewers and generated lots of Twitter activity. I’m pretty sure nerds are taking over television and I, for one, welcome the revolution.
From the BBC America press release:
NEW ERA OF DOCTOR WHO BEGINS WITH HIGHEST RATED SEASON PREMIERE EVER ON BBC AMERICA
Doctor Who and Intruders Deliver Biggest Saturday Night Ever for BBC AMERICA
Doctor Who ranked #1 in all of cable (8:00-10:00pm)
BBC AMERICA and Doctor Who #1 on Twitter and Tumblr
New York – August 25, 2014 –The new era of Doctor Who begins with the highest rated season premiere ever on BBC AMERICA. The US embraced award winning actor Peter Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor, delivering 2.58 million total viewers Live+SD Cume*. From 8:00-10:00pm, Doctor Who ranked as the #1 program in all of cable among total viewers and A25-54. BBC AMERICA was the #1 network and Doctor Who was the #1 show in all of television on Twitter and Tumblr for the day. Over 1 million total viewers Live+SD Cume*tuned in for BBC AMERICA’s new eight part paranormal thriller, Intruders, which helped deliver BBC AMERICA its highest rated Saturday night ever.
This Saturday’s episode, Into the Dalek, marks the return of the Doctor’s greatest enemy, the Daleks. Ahead of the holiday weekend, BBC AMERICA is previewing the entire second episode of Intruders on VOD, BBCAmerica.com and BBC AMERICA’s YouTube channel.