BBC America scores best month and quarter ever

COPPER is on track to be our highest-rated drama ever as it heads into an explosive season finale later this month, while television’s longest running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, continues to set ratings records as we prepare for an epic 50th Anniversary Doctor Who celebration next year. All in all, it's a great time at BBC AMERICA."Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America
Date: 04.10.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.04
Category: BBC Worldwide
First original series COPPER and hit sci-fi series Doctor Who continue to break records for the channel

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BBC AMERICA is celebrating its best month and quarter ever - fueled by the continued success of Supernatural Saturday series Doctor Who and the channel’s first original scripted series COPPER. The channel earned its highest ratings ever in total viewers for September and the third quarter 2012 in both prime and total day. BBC AMERICA also earned its highest ratings ever in A25-54 for September and the third quarter 2012 in prime.*

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America commented: “COPPER is on track to be our highest-rated drama ever as it heads into an explosive season finale later this month, while television’s longest running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, continues to set ratings records as we prepare for an epic 50th Anniversary Doctor Who celebration next year.  All in all, it's a great time at BBC AMERICA."

The Doctor Who season 7 premiere is BBC AMERICA’s highest rated telecast ever, delivering 2.470 million viewers and 1.48 rating/1.250 million A25-54 in Live+7, ranking #1 in cable in the time period on September 1.** The previous record in total audience was set two weeks earlier by COPPER’s series premiere on August 19, delivering 1.805 million viewers in Live+7.  COPPER’s debut was BBC AMERICA’s best series premiere ever. The Doctor Who season premiere marks the first time a BBC AMERICA telecast has delivered over two million viewers. As previously announced, Doctor Who’s season premiere and COPPER’s third episode delivered BBC AMERICA its highest-rated weekend ever.

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* Live+SD. Prime (8:00-11:00pm) Total Day (6:00am-6:00pm)

** Live+7.  Rank = Doctor Who premiere 9/1/12 9:00pm ET.  Rank vs. ad-supported English language cable, excluding sports.  

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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