'Doctor Who' Pulls In 2.2M Viewers On BBCA

BBC America said the Saturday-night season premiere of Doctor Who -- starring Peter Capaldi as the newest Doctor -- set a record for a season opener of the classic sci-fi series, which is starting its eighth season since the franchise was rebooted.

The network said 2.2 million viewers tuned in for the 8:15 p.m. ET premiere of the episode, titled "Deep Breath," including more than 1 million in the adults ages 25-54 demographic. When two replays were counted in, the number of total viewers rose to 2.58 million, which was the highest-rated season premiere ever on BBC America, per the network. The previous bests among premieres were for the second half of season seven in the 25-54 demo (737,000) and for the first half of season seven among total viewers (1.55 million), the network said.

Intruders, a new series that debuted after Doctor Who at 10 p.m., posted 796,000 total viewers, rising above 1 million when two replays were added in. The paranormal thriller drew 352,000 adults ages 25-54 and the premiere was on par with the season-one premiere of Orphan Black. And a Doctor Who post show, After Who Live, at 11 p.m. delivered 408,000 total viewers and 205,000 in the 25-54 bracket.

Overall, this was BBC America's highest-rated Saturday night ever, the network said.

The network claimed the No. 1 spot among cable networks among the 25-54 demographic between 8 and 10 p.m. and said Capaldi's heavily promoted full debut made BBC America the top TV network on Twitter and Tumblr for the day.

Kent Gibbons

Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Nexttv.com. Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.