BBC America announced today that “Doctor Who” finished 2014 with its highest-rated season ever on the network! Plus, the annual Christmas Special, “Last Christmas,” delivered over 2.3 million Total Viewers and was the #1 non-sports telecast in all of cable during the time period among Adults 25-54 in Live+3. Starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald and guest star Nick Frost as Santa Claus, “Last Christmas” was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst.
Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor delivered BBC America its highest-rated season ever with an average of 2.035 million Total Viewers in Live+3. The season featured Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink and Michelle Gomez as Missy. Guest stars included Jemma Redgrave, Frank Skinner, Foxes, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and more. Steven Moffat is lead writer and executive producer and Brian Minchin is executive producer.
The Christmas Day special (9:00pm-10:25pm) delivered 2.312 million Total Viewers and 1.304 million A25-54 in Live+3. The special totaled 2.616 million Total Viewers in Live+3 – combining the 9:00pm premiere with the 11:45pm and 2:30am replays. The Twelfth Doctor’s first Christmas special more than doubled the viewership of the Eleventh Doctor’s first Christmas special, “A Christmas Carol” in 2010. BBC AMERICA was the #1 network on Twitter and Tumblr and “Last Christmas” was the #1 show on both platforms in all of television in Primetime (excluding sports) on December 25. “Doctor Who” is also pacing as one of Twitter’s top 10 most-tweeted original dramas in all of cable for 2014.
“Doctor Who: Last Christmas” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on February 17, 2015 while The Complete Eighth Series is available now. Both Capaldi and Coleman will return later this year for a ninth season (or a 35th, depending on your temporal point of view).