One-Two Punch: The Detective and the Doctor Smash Ratings Records

From our partners at Anglophenia: Ratings from Labor Day weekend are in, and BBC America’s Doctor Who and new original drama Copper scored huge. The seventh season premiere of Doctor Who, “Asylum of the Daleks,” was the channel’s highest-rated, most-watched telecast in its history, bringing in 1.555 million total viewers “Live + Same Day.” Among non-sports programming, it was No. 1 among cable networks in the crucial 25-54 demo (with 723,000) during its timeslot on Saturday, September 1. Adding in big ratings for Sunday’s third episode of Copper, this past weekend was the highest-rated in the channel’s history.

Meanwhile, the August 19 premiere of Copper — which already reigns as BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series premiere ever — has now broken another record. With a full week’s worth of DVR viewing accounted for, the premiere is now the channel’s highest-rated telecast within “Live+7″ viewership, scoring 1.805 million total viewers and 859,000 within the demo. (With re-airs factored in, Copper‘s first episode cumulatively delivered 2,754 million total viewers and 1.273 million in the 25-54 demo.) More than a million viewers watch the series each week, making it the channel’s highest-rated drama.

For more, visit Anglophenia: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Copper’ Shatter Ratings Records for BBC America

  • Suz Ann

    This is the best show for it’s time !

  • Steve

    Interesting perspective of American history–usually focused of the West during that time period.

    • Peter Koenig

      Please, friend – this is not, repeat not, “American history.” The sets are accurate (and beautifully done), the costumes are generally appropriate, the language is a bit anachronistic, but the plots are not historical – viz. Episode 4, which was absolute nonsense. Just Google Benjamin Onderdonk; yep, he died in 1861, so our hero couldn’t have thrashed him in 1864. There’s more to be said, but I’ll let you find it.

      • Sarah

        I agree with the objection to the series’ ahistorical use of Bishop Onderdonk, but I had not heard of him until I looked him up after seeing this episode. What lost my suspension of disbelief as I watched this episode was what always happens when non-Episcopalian writers introduce Episcopal characters, as they invariably do, without knowledge of Episcopal practice. To an Episcopalian, it’s cartoonish. E.g., 1) the bishop is addressed in the episode as “Right Reverend.” That title (as well as “Reverend” in this church, although I note with regret that that the use of “Reverend” is now changing a bit) in the Episcopal Church is currently and historically used only in the third person (never as a form of address), and then only prefixed with “the” and always including his first name – The Right Reverend John Smith. The bishop in conversation would have been addressed as “Bishop.” 2) Episcopalians are “Episcopalians,” not “Episcopals.” This term was used by Corky; while he might be thought not to know the right term, still it seemed clear to me that the ignorance was the writers’. 3) In the final scene, reference was made to “the elders of the church.” There is no such category in Episcopal Church governance. Since that episode, while still tuning in to watch, I have felt much less of a sense of history in watching.

  • zombu2

    would it be more accurate to count torrent downloads?

  • Peter Koenig

    Nice that ratings are good – I think. Should not the writers / producers of Copper include an “historical postscript” after each episode, explaining how it deviated from historical fact? I have a huge problem with Episode 4, for example: egregious errors of fact re the Bishop Onderdonk subplot. There should be at least some explanation that the subplot was fictitious – esp. when using the name of a real historical figure.