“The Day of the Doctor” was a momentous day indeed for BBC America. The “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special broke rating records for BBC America with 3.6 million viewers over its mutliple airings. The initial airing drew 2.4 million viewers, making it the highest-rated telecast ever for the network.
“Doctor Who” also rules social media, as the No. 1 TV show on Twitter and the highest level of Tumblr activity for any TV event, including the Super Bowl. There were also sold out 3D screenings in 11 cities around the country and several more scheduled for Monday (November 25). Additionally, the episode was broadcast around the world in 94 countries, which set the Guinness World Record for largest simulcast of a TV drama.
While impressive, “Doctor Who’s” ratings in the United States are a fraction of the number that tuned in to see the Doctor in the UK. “The Day of the Doctor” averaged 10.2 million viewers on BBC One, peaking at 1.61 million viewers total. The number is huge, but still below “Strictly Come Dancing,” the UK version of “Dancing with the Stars.”