'Doctor Who' midseason premiere ratings second best in BBC America history

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doctor-who-jenna-louise-coleman-matt-smith-series-7b-bells-of-st-john-bbc-america.jpg"Doctor Who" returned to BBC America on Saturday (March 30) night and scored the second best ratings to date for both the series and the network.

While "Who" drew 1.496 million viewers for its 8 p.m. premiere (just under the 1.555 million who tuned in for the Series 7 premiere back in September), the audience grew to 2.019 million in live plus same day viewing. Additionally, the episode -- which formally introduced Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor's new companion, Clara -- scored 737,000 viewers in BBC America's target demo of adults 25-54. That ranks second of all-time on the network following December's "Who" Christmas special "The Snowmen" (807,000 adults 25-54).

The strong "Who" numbers led in to the premiere of BBC America's two new original series: scripted sci-fi drama "Orphan Black" and comedy talk show "The Nerdist" (fronted by "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick).

"Orphan Black" delivered 684,000 viewers in its 9 p.m. premiere airing (including 375,000 adults 25-54), and grew to 1.026 million in live plus same-day.

"The Nerdist" was watched by 325,000 viewers in its 10 p.m. premiere (176,000 adults 25-54), and 430,000 in live plus same-day.

BBC America also noted the three shows ranked #1 ("Who"), #2 ("Orphan") and #3 ("Nerdist") on TV for the night in social media activity (excluding sports programming).
Photo/Video credit: BBC America