Friday, January 12, 2018

BBC America Ratings

2017 MARKS BBC AMERICA’S MOST WATCHED YEAR EVER

Network Establishes Industry Record With Thirteen Consecutive Years of Audience Growth
Becomes Top 10 Fastest-Growing Entertainment Network of 2017 with Double-Digit Increases in Primetime
TCA  Pasadena, CA – January 12, 2018 –  BBC AMERICA closed out 2017 with its most-watched year across every daypart, growing viewership +15% in Primetime and +12% in Total Day from prior year. In the network’s prime daypart, BBC AMERICA broke new ground as the only channel on television to grow its audience for 13 consecutive years. This record performance elevated BBCA to a top 10 fastest-growing entertainment network of 2017. The network is currently gearing up for a robust 2018 slate including the upcoming premiere of landmark series Planet Earth: Blue Planet II on January 20th, the network’s foray into fringe sports with Premiere League Darts in February, brand new original scripted series Killing Eve starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer on April 8th, as well as the return of hit series Top Gear and Doctor Who, among others.

Sarah Barnett, BBCA President, commented: “During an era of vigorous change in our industry, it’s especially gratifying to see record-setting and consistent viewer growth at BBC AMERICA. This speaks to the unique nature and true breadth of BBCA shows – everything from Doctor Who to Planet Earth, competitive Darts to Top GearThe Graham Norton Show to LutherBroadchurch and our final chapter of Orphan Black. BBCA is committed to continuing to super serve our passionate and growing fan base going forward, with what we believe is a killer 2018 line-up.”

2017 Ratings Highlights:
  • BBC AMERICA achieved its most-watched year ever across all dayparts.
  • With record viewership in the network’s prime daypart, BBC AMERICA becomes the only network on television to grow its audience for 13 consecutive years.
  • In Primetime, BBC AMERICA posted double-digit year-over-year growth in both total viewers (+15%) and adults 25-54 (+10%), ranking among the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Entertainment Networks of 2017.
  • In Total Day, BBCA also hit new highs in both total viewers and adults 25-54.
Today’s news comes off the heels of BBCA’s recent Doctor Who Christmas Special, which notched 2.2 million total viewers and 1.1 million adults 25-54 across its two Christmas telecasts in Nielsen live+7 ratings, propelling BBC AMERICA to its biggest night in over two years and a top 5 cable rank during the premiere telecast. The special, which also featured the first glimpse of Jodie Whittaker’s history-making debut as the Thirteenth Doctor and first female Time Lord, also drove huge fan engagement – it was the #1 most social program of the week and the most social program on Christmas Day for the fifth consecutive year, driving 75% more engagement compared to the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special.
It was announced last year that Whittaker would take over as the new Doctor, succeeding Peter Capaldi to become the Thirteenth Time Lord. She will be joined by an all new cast including Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole. From new head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who returns this fall on BBC AMERICA.
Source: Nielsen, L+SD, 2017, BBCA, P2+. Total Day = 6a-6a. Primetime = 8p-11p. Network Prime = 6p-12a. Top 10 Growth Rank vs Entertainment Networks (excl news/sports/kids/Hispanic), Primetime, P2+ & A25-54. Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time: Nielsen, L+7, 12/25/17, 9-10:26p. Nielsen Social, series rank (excl sports / live events).
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About BBC AMERICA
BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II, top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who, ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear, buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show as well as the upcoming series Killing Eve from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, the next chapter in the epic story of our planet, as well as Premiere League Darts. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide (the commercial arm of the BBC) and AMC Networks, BBCA’s influential shows such as Orphan Black and Luther, among many others, have attracted critical acclaim and earned Emmy® Awards, Peabody Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes®. Created in 1998, the irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Available through cable, satellite TV and streaming services, BBC AMERICA broadcasts in both standard and high-definition. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and bbcamerica.com. Find out more by visiting press.bbcamerica.com and follow @bbcamerica.

FAREWELL TO TWELFTH DOCTOR ON BBC AMERICA BRINGS RECORD-SETTING VIEWERSHIP AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT ON CHRISTMAS DAY

The Special Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time Notches 2.2 Million Viewers, Surpassing 2016 Christmas Special to Hit a 2 Year High
BBC AMERICA’s Most Watched Night in Over 2 Years #1 Day, Week, and Telecast of 2017 Across All Key Demos
The Television Event Was The #1 Most Social Program of the Week and #1 Most Social Program of Christmas Day for the fifth consecutive year

New York – January 4, 2018 – Viewers tuned in in record numbers to BBC AMERICA on Christmas Day 2017 to say goodbye to Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, in the special Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. The annual programming event notched 2.2 million total viewers and 1.1 million adults 25-54 across its two Christmas telecasts in Nielsen live+7 ratings, propelling BBC AMERICA to its biggest night in over 2 years and a top 5 cable rank during the premiere telecast. The special posted double-digit increases from the most recent season of Doctor Who across all key demos and bested the previous year’s Christmas special by 62,000 viewers, making it BBC AMERICA’s most watched telecast in two years.

The special, which also featured the first glimpse of Jodie Whittaker’s history-making debut as the Thirteenth Doctor and first female Time Lord, also drove huge fan engagement – it was the #1 most social program of the week and the most social program on Christmas Day for the fifth consecutive year, driving 75% more engagement compared to the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special.

Sarah Barnett, BBCA President, commented: “At a time when there is more competition for viewers’ attention than ever, a record-setting number of fans made it a ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas on BBCA, underscoring the increasingly rare power of this franchise. This year the show bid a memorable farewell to the brilliant and unique team of Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi.  As the Twelfth Doctor has said, “everything ends and it’s always sad.  But everything begins again too and that’s always happy”.  In that spirit, let’s happily anticipate Chris Chibnall’s first season as showrunner later this year, ushering in Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor and the first female incarnation of the Time Lord.”

Additionally, Farewell to Capaldi, the special that aired immediately following Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time, saw a franchise-best retention for Doctor Who, holding three-quarters of the Christmas Special’s audience in live/same-day and two-thirds in live+7.

It was announced last year that Whittaker would take over as the new Doctor, succeeding Peter Capaldi to become the Thirteenth Time Lord. She will be joined by an all new cast including Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole. From new head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who returns this fall on BBC AMERICA.

Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production. BBC Worldwide are the international distributors for Doctor Who.

Source: Nielsen, L+7, 12/25/17, Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time / BBCA Prime (8p-11p), P2+.
Cume = 9p premiere + 12:40a encore. Cable rank = 9-10:26p TP. Key demos = P2+, A25-54, A18-49. Week = L+SD, 12/25/17-12/31/17, Prime. Social = Nielsen Social, series rank (excl sports / live events).

About BBC AMERICA
BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the Emmy® and IDA winning Planet Earth II, top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who, ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear, buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show as well as the upcoming series Killing Eve from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, the next chapter in the epic story of our planet, as well as Premiere League Darts. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide (the commercial arm of the BBC) and AMC Networks, BBCA’s influential shows such as Orphan Black and Luther, among many others, have attracted critical acclaim and earned Emmy® Awards, Peabody Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes®. Created in 1998, the irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Available through cable, satellite TV and streaming services, BBC AMERICA broadcasts in both standard and high-definition. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and bbcamerica.com

BBC America's "Planet Earth II" Becomes Highest Rated U.S. Nature Show
BBC America further spins the numbers for Saturday, February 18.

[via press release from BBC America]
    
BBC AMERICA'S "PLANET EARTH II" BECOMES HIGHEST RATED U.S. NATURE SHOW
2.7 MILLION VIEWERS #GATHERTOGETHER FOR PLANET EARTH II PREMIERE
Critically Acclaimed Series Launched Through Three-Network Simulcast Event Becomes Highest-Rated U.S. Nature Show Among Adults 25-54 In Five Years And Most Watched Unscripted Telecast Ever in Total Viewers On BBC AMERICA
New Episodes Air on BBC AMERICA Saturdays at 9/8c.

New York, NY, February 23, 2017 - The critically acclaimed programming event Planet Earth II, which premiered across BBC AMERICA, AMC and SundanceTV on February 18th, delivered 2.7 million total viewers, including 1.2 million adults 25-54 and 1 million adults 18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings. In the key 25-54 demo, the episode now ranks as the most watched nature program on US TV in five years. The 9 pm premiere telecast on BBC America alone accounted for more than half of the total premiere night audience and, with three days of time-shifting included, the audience of that telecast increased by 51 percent in total viewers and 69 percent in both demos from live/same day ratings.[1]

On BBC AMERICA, Planet Earth II ranks as the network's most watched unscripted telecast ever in total viewers. New episodes of the series continue Saturday nights on BBC AMERICA with the second episode, Mountains at 9/8c.

Receiving wide praise, the series enjoys a 96 rating on Metacritic, tying for the best reviewed unscripted series of all time, and a perfect 100 score from both critics and viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. It has been lauded as "stunning and sublime" by The Hollywood Reporter, "... the most important program of our generation" by Variety, and as "dazzling" by The New York Times. The series ranked as the #1 most social program on premiere day.

"Planet Earth II is extraordinary television, we're so happy people gathered together in such numbers for our premiere event. Captivating audiences and critics alike, the launch of this series has received universal critical acclaim and off-the-charts enthusiasm on social platforms," said Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA. "We believe this kind of storytelling, as well as hitting unparalleled visual and technical heights, also - and maybe more profoundly - brings us together in shared awe, love and amazement for our planet."

Today's news comes on the heels of BBC AMERICA's recent greenlight of Blue Planet II, the next chapter in the epic story of our planet. This brand new seven part landmark nature series exploring the world's oceans, will be presented by world renowned broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Blue Planet II explores the latest frontiers of scientific discovery, from icy-white polar seas to vibrant blues of the coral atolls, from the storm-tossed green Atlantic coastline to the black depths of the alien deep.

Over three years in the making, in 40 different countries, on 117 filming trips and a total of 2089 shooting days, BBC AMERICA'S Planet Earth II brings a whole new view of our planet. Captured in stunning Ultra-high definition detail, BBC AMERICA's Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands, deserts and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures to epic journeys through breathtaking wildernesses, experience the wonder of the natural world as never before.
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Created in 1998, BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming like the ground-breaking un-scripted series Top Gear, the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who, and the fan-favorite Orphan Black. The influential network has been the launch pad for talent including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, and Graham Norton - all adopted as American pop culture icons. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide (the commercial arm of the BBC) and AMC Networks, BBCA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including five Emmy(R) Awards, five Golden Globes(R) and 12 Peabody Awards. The irrepressible network has garnered one of cable's most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Available on cable and satellite TV, BBC AMERICA broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, is available On Demand across all major digital platforms and offers full episodes online at bbcamerica.com.


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