BBC America's DOCTOR WHO LIVE: THE NEXT DOCTOR special on Sunday, August 4, at 2 p.m. ET was the #1 telecast in all of television for the day (excluding sports) in social media in the US.*
The special, which was revealed on schedules last Thursday night, announced multi-award-winning actor Peter Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor, taking over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas. Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor delivered 895,000 total viewers and 454,000 among A25-54.** It is BBC America's best telecast ever outside of Prime among A25-54 and is behind only the Royal Wedding for the best telecast outside of Prime in total viewers.
Twitter activity around the special was double the hit sci-fi series' season average for BBC America. In the peak of the activity, six out of the ten trending topics in the US were related to the announcement. On Tumblr, there were 11.84 million views of the Official Doctor Who Tumblr posts since Thursday and fans created 3 million Doctor Who-related reblogs on the day of the announcement.
Encore of Five-Part Television Event - TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH
In celebration of the announcement, BBC America will encore the channel's critically acclaimed five-parter, TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH, starring Peter Capaldi alongside John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd. TORCHWOOD, a DOCTOR WHO spin-off, delivered record ratings for the channel in 2009. Children of Earth sees an ordinary day become one of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: "We are coming." The Torchwood team is faced with their fiercest threat to date - one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiraling into danger. Torchwood: Children of Earth will air in its entirety on Sunday, August 11, 2-7 p.m. ET.
Past Doctors Star in Tonight's Premieres
LAW & ORDER: UK starring the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, returns with a new season on tonight at 9 p.m. ET followed by the US premiere of the acclaimed eight-part drama, BROADCHURCH, starring the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, at 10 p.m. ET.
* Trendrr.TV. Tumblr Analytics. Union Metrics.
** Nielsen Media Research, L+SD
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