BBC AMERICA’s recent week of sci-fi gave the channel its best week ever. The week of July 20 saw the U.S. premiere of three key sci-fi titles – the five night miniseries Torchwood: Children of Earth, the first of four Doctor Who specials starring David Tennant, Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead and the latest buzz show from the UK Being Human.
Torchwood: Children of Earth is BBC AMERICA’s most successful series ever, reaching 3.3m in Live+SD across the week. It delivered an average audience of 705,000 viewers per episode, with Friday’s finale attracting 847,000, the largest average audience in the channel’s history. Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead also performed strongly with 657,000 viewers in Live+SD.
In the Monday-Friday, 9-10P hour among A25-54, BBC AMERICA ranked #13 in coverage rating (.51) and #22 in delivery (380k) among the 75 Nielsen-rated ad supported cable networks. For the week, July 20, in the 9-10P hour, the channel – available in 64 million homes – outperformed, in Live+SD A25-54 delivery several nets with significantly higher distribution, such as MSNBC, Animal Planet, Bravo, BET, Travel, Oxygen, Hallmark, TV Land, Soap, MTV, E!, WE, and Headline News.
Following on the strong ratings, critical acclaim and rapturous reception at San Diego’s Comic-Con for all three sci-fi titles – including a standing ovation for Doctor Who’s David Tennant – BBC AMERICA has announced the acquisition of the new season of Doctor Who starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Shot in HD, the U.S. premiere season of 13 episodes, will air Q2, 2010 following soon after its UK premiere.
The lead writer is Steven Moffat (Jekyll, Coupling) with Executive Producers Piers Wenger (Ballet Shoes), Beth Willis (Ashes to Ashes) and Steven Moffat. It is a BBC Wales production for BBC ONE and distributed by BBC Worldwide.