BBC America Tops 1 Million Viewer Mark With Pair Of 'Torchwood' Installments


BBC America's recent miniseries bow torched it with viewers.

The U.S. debut of Torchwood: Children of Earth averaged just short of 1 million viewers, lifting the network to its best week ever.

Across the five-installment run from July 20-24, Torchwood: Children of Earth, boosted by the Thursday and Friday night episodes, averaged 981,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research live+seven-day data. The July 23 installments averaged 1.12 million, while the following day the show pulled in 1.09 million, marking the first time the network has surmounted the 1 million audience plateau, according to network officials.

BBC America also benefited from the premieres of Being Human, which garnered 684,000 viewers on July 26, and Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead the following night, when it scored with 876,000 average viewers.

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead

The combination of those shows helped lift BBC America to its top week ever, according to network officials.

BBC America also said it has acquired the fifth season of the Russell T Davies-created Doctor Who. Matt Smith, a 20-something actor, will star as the Eleventh Doctor, succeeding David Tennant. The lead writer is Steven Moffat (Jekyll, Coupling) with executive producers Piers Wenger (Ballet Shoes), Beth Willis (Ashes to Ashes) and Steven Moffat. It is a BBC Wales production for BBC One and distributed by BBC Worldwide.
Shot in HD, the U.S. premiere season of 13 episodes, will air in the second quarter of 2010, following soon after its U.K. premiere. Other than David Tennant-starring specials, including Planet of the Dead, this will be the first time a Doctor Who season has premiered in the U.S. on BBC America.