Much ado has been made about Doctor Who's growing popularity in America. The show has aired on U.S. soil since it premiered almost fifty years ago, but the new series is starting to garner more and more stateside fans. Last year's series 6 premiere, "The Impossible Astronaut," nabbed 1.3 million viewers, the most a BBC America telecast have ever received.
This year's series 7 premiere, "Asylum of the Daleks," received an even higher 1.55 million viewers, again setting a record for BBC America (and US broadcasts of Doctor Who). If you want a percentage, that's up 23% from the series 6 premiere.
Preliminary UK ratings for "Asylum of the Daleks" matched "The Impossible Astronaut's" 6.9 million, though the numbers are expected to rise drastically when they are officially released later this month. Unlike American ratings, British ratings also include online viewing from the BBC's iPlayer. Being one of the many Americans with no access to BBC America who download the series from iTunes, I expect American ratings would no doubt inflate if they were subjected to similar practices.
Doctor Who's success has steadily been growing in the United States, where awareness of the series is at an all-time high. Two of this series' confirmed episodes ("A Town Called Mercy" and "The Angels Take Manhattan") are set in America, though only the latter episode was filmed on location. The series had previously journeyed to Utah to film the two-part series 6 opener.
The next episode of Doctor Who will see the Doctor encountering a spaceship full of dinosaurs hurtling toward earth. The title of the episode, if you don't already know it, is quite obvious: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship." The episode will guest star Game of Thrones' David Bradley and Harry Potter's Mark Williams.
"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" will air Saturday, September 8 on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. Will you be tuning in?