Oct 09, 2018 04:02 PM EST

Doctor Who Premiers with Record Breaking Growth from Previous Season

Doctor Who Premiers with Record Breaking Growth from Previous Season
The new season of Doctor Who premiered on October 7 and has opened to an astounding growth over last year's ratings. The show now ranks as the fastest-growing drama on TV this year with a +48% increase over the previous season premiere in Nielsen live/same day ratings. 

"At the unlikely time of 1:45pm, fans and new viewers came together at New York Comic Con and around the country for a global simulcast, and embraced this fresh era of Doctor Who. To see such growth for a 55-year-old franchise is rather unusual and entirely brilliant," said BBC AMERICA President and GM Sarah Barnett. "Jodie Whittaker plays The Doctor with great gusto, power, humor and charisma. She, along with Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens, have ushered in a new Who that is inclusive and thrilling."

The new season premiered as part of a Global Simulcast at 1:45pm ET/10:45am PT on Sunday, October 7th and screened at Madison Square Garden as part of New York Comic Con. 

With a new Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and new friends Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh), this first season from new showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens welcomes back fans and invites those who are new to Who. The new season is packed full of action, humor, emotion, and adventures through space and time. Doctor Who is a BBC AMERICA co-production with BBC Studios.

Doctor Who airs on BBC America on Sundays at 8/7 central.

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