Doctor Who Live: The New Doctor
proved an international
broadcasting hit on Sunday, with over 1.5 million fans on two
continents tuning in live to watch the hotly anticipated reveal of the
actor cast to play the next Doctor after Matt Smith leaves the show at

In the US, BBC America reported 895,000* total viewers for the show which was broadcast at 2pm making it the
best telecast
ever outside of primetime among the 25-54 demographic – sitting only
behind The Royal Wedding as the best non-prime telecast ever on the
special 30-minute TV event also claimed the top spot of most talked
about TV show (outside of sport) on social media in the US** beating
the likes of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never on MTV and Keeping Up With The Kardashians
on E!. On Tumblr, there were 11.84 million views of the Official US
Doctor Who Tumblr since the show’s announcement, and fans created 3
million Doctor Who-related
reblogs on the day of the show. Twitter
activity around the special was double the hit 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
announcement. Doctor Who continues to be the highest rating programme on the network. 
the popular Canadian cable channel which broadcasts Doctor Who, had
412,000 viewers at its peak for the special, making it the number
one network for the key 18-54 demographic during that time. In
Australia, over 200,000*** watched the show on ABC 1 and 2 with almost
40,000 tuning in live at 4am – a 15.7% share for the time slot.  An
additional 41,000**** have so far watched the programme on iview, ABC’s
catch up service.  

In the UK, overnight figures suggest that an average of 6.1 million tuned in to Doctor Who Live – The Next Doctor on BBC One (with the number likely to go up when the consolidated figures are published next week).

Thanks to BBC Worldwide
* Nielsen Media Research, L+SD
** Trendrr.TV. Tumblr Analytics. Union Metrics.
***Source: OzTAM metro overnight data
**** Source: WebTrends data
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Cameron K. McEwan
Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.


  1. The real question is what proportion of those viewers were, like me, watching it because they knew that if they didn't, they'd hear the news anyway?

    I would much rather have not known who was playing the next Doctor (nor indeed when the regeneration would happen) so that it was a surprise when it did happen – but it's impossible to avoid the news now, so I watched the programme in order to at least hear who the next Doctor would be in some kind of relevant context, rather than as a comment on Twitter, or a headline in a news article.

    And good grief, I've never taken this many attempts before to deal with a CAPTCHA! (In fact, I've now switched to MSIE to see if browser incompatibility is the problem!)

  2. "with over 1.5 million fans on two continents tuning in live"

    Assuming this is a typo? I'd love to know the real figure?


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