There were two firsts for Doctor Who’s latest season debut this weekend with the long-running series premiering globally on a Sunday and Jodie Whittaker taking over as the 13th and first female Time Lord – and that translated into some strong ratings for BBC America.
Simulcast with the UK, the rest of the planet and a New York Comic Con screening, the 1:45 PM ET airing of “The Woman Who Fell To Earth” episode snared 1.4 million viewers. In the key adults 18-49 demo, the Season 11 opener written by new showrunner Chris Chibnall delivered a 0.5 rating. That’s up 48% in total audience and 67% in the demo from what Peter Capaldi’s final cycle as the 12th Doctor Who drew in the Season 10 debut on April 15, 2017.
However, while up from David Tennant and Matt Smith’s first series appearances as the Doctor in 2005 and 2010, respectively, compared to Capaldi’s debut as the twoihearted Time Lord in the very different TV era of four years ago, Whittaker’s opener was down 38% in total sets of eyeballs.
With just over 2.2 million viewers, that August 23, 2014 “Deep Breath” episode penned by now-former showrunner Steven Moffat was and remains the series high on BBC America.
Now up against the likes of Sunday Night Football, Doctor Who moves to its new regular 8 PM ET timeslot on October 14 with “The Ghost Monument” episode – the also Chibnall written second episode of the new season was teased at NYCC to cheers from the thousands packed into the Theater at Madison Square Garden.