With figures greater than most Series 7 episodes in the UK, the broadcast of Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor is estimated to have pulled in an extra 1.5 million international viewers on top of the 6.5 million who watched Peter Capaldi do his best William Hartnell impression in the UK.
According to BBC America there were 895,000 total viewers for the show which was broadcast at 2pm Eastern Time. This made it the best telecast ever outside of primetime among the 25-54 demographic, and it was only beaten by The Royal Wedding as the best non-prime telecast ever on the channel.
What’s more, Trendrr.TV reports that other than sporting events the grand unveiling of the Twelfth Doctor was the most talked about programme on social media in the good ol’ USA – beating the likes of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never on MTV and Keeping up with the Kardashians on E!
Getting into specifics, there were 11.84 million views of the Official US Doctor Who Tumblr page since the announcement – with fans creating three million Doctor Who related reblogs on the day of the show.
Twitter activity around the special was double the sci-fi series’ season average for BBC America and at the peak of the activity; six out of the ten trending topics in the US were related to the Twelfth Doctor.
Doctor Who continues to be the highest rating programme on the network.
In Canada, the show was broadcast on SPACE, which reported 412,000 viewers at its peak – making it the numero uno network for the key 18-54 demographic during that time.
While in Australia, 40,000 bleary eyed Aussies tuned in to the live broadcast at 4am ET with a total of 200,000 watching the show or its more sleep friendly repeat on ABC2.
So far an additional 41,000 have watched the special on the iView, ABC’S catch up service.
So where were you when they announced Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor? How many times have you watched the special since? Were you one of those tweeting, GIFing and blogging about the Twelfth Doctor?
(via Doctor Who News)