'Doctor Who' Christmas special sets another ratings record for BBC America
Matt Smith's final episode, "The Time of the Doctor," delivered 2.47 million viewers Wednesday night, hours after it scored the No. 1 spot in the U.K. ratings. The U.S. telecast gave BBC America the biggest single telecast in its history.
The previous record was also held by "Doctor Who" -- and lasted all of a month. The 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor," drew 2.4 million people for its initial airing on Nov. 23 (the total grew to 3.6 million with an encore airing later that day).
A retrospective of Smith's time as the Doctor also scored solid ratings for BBC America. Airing just before "The Time of the Doctor," it drew 1.54 million viewers.