The season nine premiere of DOCTOR WHO drew 2 million total viewers to BBC America Saturday night, with double-digit growth in all the key demos, making it the network‘s biggest season premiere ever, according to AC Nielsen and the net itself.
Sarah Barnett, president of BBC America said:
“DOCTOR WHO is unlike anything else on television, a storied franchise that is as fresh and contemporary as ever, with brilliant writing and superb performances. We couldn’t be more thrilled that new and returning DOCTOR WHO fans tuned into the live premiere in record numbers and we look forward to bringing more of the Doctor to this passionate audience.”
According to Deadline, all demos were up from the season eight average, with the most significant increases in the younger demos: up +186% in people ages 12-24 and +161% in people 18-34.
The episode also was No. 1 most social drama of the night, based on ListenFirst’s Digital Audience Ratings for Television. It also was the No. 1 TV brand on Tumblr; the No. 1 drama on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; and the No. 2 drama on Instagram, trailing only THE WALKING DEAD. (Oh, well, can’t win ’em all…)
Series nine is the second season with Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, and he seems to be growing on people!
DOCTOR WHO airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America.