August 8, 2013

America Loves Doctor Who, Too!


Step aside, Trekkies — the Whovians are taking over the world of sci-fi fandom. The BBC's surprise unveiling of Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who's 12th Time Lords mashed social media records in the United States on Sunday, proving the British series' popularity stretches across the pond.

In the U.S., the Doctor Who live special was the No. 1 telecast in social media for Sunday (excluding sports), according to data from Trendrr.TV, Tumblr Analytics and Union Metrics.

Doctor Who's current star, Matt Smith, announced in June that this year's Christmas special will be his last episode as the 11th Time Lord. Showrunner Steven Moffat told Entertainment Weekly last month that he would reveal Smith's successor "within days of finalizing the new Doctor." The BBC announced the live special just three days before it aired, and Moffat's crew kept a tight lid on the big secret.

The announcement ran during primetime in the UK, but it was the middle of a weekend afternoon on the East Coast, making these rankings even more surprising. According to BBC America, Doctor Who Live raked in 895,000 total viewers — one of the network's most-watched telecasts outside of primetime, second only to the Royal Wedding. Read more>>


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