BBC America had its ratings records broken with the premiere of Doctor Who this past Saturday, the 17th of April, 2010. It delivered 1.2 million viewers (live and same day viewers) making it the highest rated telecast ever for BBC America! Doctor Who is also the currently the number 1 TV series in the Apple iTunes store (see links below).
Here is a breakdown of the ratings for Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour on BBC America:
|•||The Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 was BBC AMERICA's best Live + Same Day P2+ rating (.68) and delivery ever (1,196,000).|
|•||The Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 was BBC AMERICA's best Live + Same Day A25-54 rating (.89) and delivery ever (682,000).|
|•||In Live + Same Day coverage rating, BBC AMERICA premiere beat SYFY's season premieres for Doctor Who seasons 2-4 in P2+ and P25-54.|
|•||The .89 in P25-54 coverage rating for the Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 ranked #2 among all ad supported cable nets in its time period (9-10:10PM).|
BBC America has reported that the week of July 20, 2009 was their best week ever in terms of ratings due to Torchwood and Doctor Who premiering that week in the US.
The channel's most successful series ever, Torchwood: Children of Earth reached 3.3m with an average audience of 705,000 viewers per episode. The finale on Friday of that week seeing 807,000 viewers, the largest average audience in history for BBC America.
Also performing strongly was Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead with 657,000 viewers.
Now that Torchwood: Children of Earth has been televised on both sides of the Atlantic, it is clear that it is a ratings champ all around.
In the UK, the estimated numbers for the BBC showing started strong and maintained its audience throughout the week long series (26.8%). Torchwood: Children of Earth, a five part series was shown consecutively Monday through Friday in the UK starting on 6th of July and then BBC America followed suit showing them on consecutive nights starting on the 20th of July.
In the UK (does not include DVR or BBC HD Channel viewers):
Torchwood: Children of Earth (episode 1) Day One saw a jump in the ratings for the show. Reportedly 5.9 million viewers in the UK is said to have watched this first episode of the third series of Torchwood according to the BBC.
Compared to between 2.5 and 4.2 million average audience of series 2 of Torchwood, it is clear that the anticipation for the return of the series has been fairly strong. This marks the highest ratings recorded for the Doctor Who spin-off show since it first came on to the scene in 2007. At that time when it was on BBC Three, it peaked at just under 1 million for its highest viewed episode.
Source: Torchwood move sees ratings boost (BBC News)