Friday, June 1, 2018

BBC America Ratings

BBC AMERICA’S BREAK-OUT DRAMA KILLING EVE ENDS FIRST SEASON AS THE ONLY SCRIPTED SERIES TO GROW EVERY EPISODE IN BOTH KEY DEMOS SINCE NIELSEN LIVE+3 MEASUREMENT BEGAN MORE THAN A DECADE AGO


 FINALE DELIVERS SERIES HIGH WITH 1.25 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS
KEY DEMOS DOUBLE PREMIERE AUDIENCE

New York, NY – Friday, June 1, 2018 – BBC AMERICA’s fan and critical favorite Killing Eve capped its first season with an unbroken record of weekly ratings growth in the key adults 25-54 and 18-49 demos – something no other show on television has accomplished in more than a decade. The finale delivered series highs with 1.25 million viewers in Nielsen live+3 ratings, up 86 percent from premiere, with 545,000 adults 25-54 and 378,000 adults 18-49, up 127 percent and 100 percent from premiere, respectively. The season finale was also the #1 most social drama of the day.

Following the premiere episode, which was made available to viewers unauthenticated, Killing Eve has also grown every week on BBCA’s digital platforms and now ranks as the network’s #1 digital series ever with more than one million full episode views to date. The premiere has also become the most watched digital episode in network history.

“From the very start, we felt we had something smart, exciting and different with Killing Eve, and hoped viewers would see what we saw,” said Sarah Barnett, president of BBC AMERICA. “Thanks to Phoebe, Sandra, Jodie and everyone else who brought this series to life. Shows like Killing Eve not only engage and entertain, they create vibrant and passionate fandoms, and that has certainly been the case here. Thanks to the truly remarkable Killing Eve fans, both for spreading the word about the series and for how vocal and creative they’ve been in expressing their love for this show.”

“I’m ecstatic to hear Eve and Villanelle have been keeping people up at night,” remarked Showrunner and Executive Producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. “Thank you to everyone who watched our show and passed it on to others. It’s everything we could have hoped for. Every department put their all into making this show, and we’re all buzzing with excitement about the love it’s getting.”

“It’s so fantastic that in this TV age of binge watching and being inundated with so much content that Killing Eve fans have grown the audience the tried and true way of word of mouth and are watching it weekly,” remarked series star and associate producer Sandra Oh.  “Watching how it’s grown so organically, the old school way – is extremely satisfying. I thank our fun and twisted audience.”

“I’m thrilled that the audience is as obsessed as I am with Villanelle and Killing Eve,” said series star Jodie Comer. “It’s been incredible to see how fans have embraced this show, from their tweets to their unbelievable fan art.”
Killing Eve has already been renewed for a second season. Viewers can watch all eight episodes on demand on BBCAmerica.com and on the BBCA app.

Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve centers on two women; Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Comer) is a mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Penned by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve follows these two women, equally obsessed with each other, as they go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.

Killing Eve was commissioned in 2016 for BBC AMERICA by President and GM Sarah Barnett, and Nena Rodrigue, EVP of Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production; executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Phoebe Waller-Bridge who also served as head writer and showrunner for the series. Colin Wratten is an executive producer and Sarah Oh is an associate producer. The series is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd and distributed by Endeavor Content.

BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the critically acclaimed series Killing Eve from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II, the acclaimed Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, and the forthcoming next chapter in the epic story of our planet, Dynasty (w/t), the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who,  the ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear, the buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show, as well as Premier League Darts. A joint venture between BBC Studios (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. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and bbcamerica.com
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Nielsen, Live+3, Killing Eve S1. Record Growth: Nielsen, L+3, 2007-TD, Scripted Series (min 5 eps), A18-49 & A25-54. Social: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 5/27/18, Linear Drama Series.

BBC AMERICA’S BREAKOUT DRAMA KILLING EVE POSTS UNBROKEN STREAK OF RATINGS GROWTH

FROM PREMIERE TO THIS SUNDAY’S SEASON ONE FINALE 
Only Scripted Series In More Than A Decade To Achieve Consecutive Ratings Growth Over Its First Seven Episodes In Both Adults 25-54 and 18-49 Demos
Series Is A Top 5 Best Reviewed Drama Of 2018

New York, NY – Friday, May 25, 2018 – BBC AMERICA’s breakout drama Killing Eve has matched critical acclaim and buzz with consistent viewership gains not seen by any scripted series on television in more than a decade. Leading into Sunday’s season one finale, the show has posted an unbroken streak of ratings growth in the key adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 demos stretching all the way back to its premiere. Across seven weeks, the series grew a total of 47 percent in total viewers, 90 percent in adults 25-54 and 94 percent in 18-49 from its premiere episode on April 8 in Nielsen live+3 ratings. The penultimate episode last Sunday delivered 986,000 total viewers, 455,000 adults 25-54, and 367,000 adults 18-49, all series highs.

“This show has exceeded our expectations in every possible way, and we came into it with very high expectations,” said Sarah Barnett, president of BBC AMERICA. “From Executive Producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s words on the page, to the performances by Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and the entire cast, the critical acclaim, the fan engagement and audience growth. On every level, this has been one of the ones you dream about when you get into this business and, luckily for us, the dream continues into this Sunday’s finale and a second season that is already in the works.”
Killing Eve is one of the top 5 best reviewed dramas of the year according to Metacritic and is Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 95%.

The season finale of Killing Eve airs on Sunday, May 27that 8/7c on BBC AMERICA and has already been renewed for a second season. Viewers can watch episodes 4-7 on BBC AMERICA on Sunday from 9:00am – 1:00pm ET and can watch the first seven episodes on demand on BBCAmerica.com and on the BBCA app.

Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve centers on two women; Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Comer) is a mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Penned by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve follows these two women, equally obsessed with each other, as they go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse. 

Killing Eve was commissioned in 2016 for BBC AMERICA by President and GM Sarah Barnett, and Nena Rodrigue, EVP of Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production; executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Phoebe Waller-Bridge who also served as head writer and showrunner for the series. Colin Wratten is an executive producer and Sarah Oh is an associate producer. The series is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd and distributed by Endeavor Content.

BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the critically acclaimed series Killing Eve from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II, the acclaimed Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, and the forthcoming next chapter in the epic story of our planet, Dynasty (w/t), the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who,  the ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear, the buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show, as well as Premier League Darts. A joint venture between BBC Studios (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. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and bbcamerica.com
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Nielsen, Live+3, Killing Eve S1-TD (thru Ep 7). Growth Streak = A18-49 & A25-54 (L+3).

ROYAL WEDDING DAY DRAWS MORE THAN 11 MILLION VIEWERS TO BBC AMERICA – BIGGEST DAY IN NETWORK HISTORY

During Live Ceremony, BBC AMERICA Was A Top 3 Cable Network In Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 And Second Only To CNN In Adults 18-49

New York – May 21, 2018 – BBC AMERICA reached more than 11 million viewers Saturday for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, the biggest audience in network history. 1.2 million viewers and 430,000 adults 25-54 watched the live ceremony on BBC AMERICA, during which it was a top three cable network on all of U.S. television for total viewers and adults 25-54 and #2 only to CNN among adults 18-49.

BBC AMERICA aired a live and direct simulcast of BBC ONE’s coverage with limited commercial breaks followed by wedding highlights and encore airings throughout the day on Saturday as the centerpiece of a week of celebratory programming. For the week, the network reached 17 million unique viewers with a variety of wedding-themed celebratory programming, leading up to the live event.

Remarked BBC AMERICA President Sarah Barnett: “It’s great to see U.S. audiences embrace BBC coverage of this very special event. American Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry was a global moment that brought together aspects of their two cultures beautifully, and made for a compelling and moving day.  We at BBCA loved being able to bring this event to our viewers.”

Source: Nielsen, Live+SD, 5/19/18, Time Period: Total Day (6a-3a), Ceremony (7a-8:15a), Live Feed, P2+. Weekly Reach = 5/15/18 10p–5/19/18 3a, 1 min qualifier, P2+.

BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the critically acclaimed series Killing Evefrom Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II, the acclaimed Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, and the forthcoming next chapter in the epic story of our planet, Dynasty (w/t), the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who,  the ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear, the buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show, as well as Premier League Darts. A joint venture between BBC Studios (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. 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 follow @BBCAmerica.

BBC AMERICA’S PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS HITS THE BULLSEYE ONLINE

Series Has Garnered Over 2 Million Livestream Views To Date
New York – May 14, 2018 – BBC AMERICA’s new darts series Premier League Darts is proving to be a hit online. The series has generated over 2 million livestream views to-date since its launch on February 1, growing +10x from the first half of the tournament. Livestream views consist of views on BBCAmerica.com and Facebook.

Through 12 weeks, Premier League Darts social engagement has seen an average growth rate of +30% week-over-week, tracking ahead of the 2017 average growth rates of the NFL (+11%), NHL (+16%), and NBA (+21%).
BBCA is the U.S. home to the world’s biggest darts tournaments: Premier League Darts and the World Darts Championship. A fan-fueled fringe sport phenomenon, darts is second only to football (aka soccer) as a televised sport in the UK.  It has the spectacle of wrestling, the stakes of poker and it has fans beyond anything you’ve seen in their enthusiasm.

“Darts as a spectator sport is all about extraordinary skill, high stakes and passionate spectacle,” remarked BBC AMERICA President and GM Sarah Barnett.  “It’s fantastic to see a US audience begin to embrace this global phenomenon.”

BBCA’s Premier League Coverage:
  • Thursday Night Darts: Premier League 2018 – Thursdays at 10pm/9c
  • BBCAmerica.com livestream – Thursdays at 2pm/1c
Source: Premier League Darts, 2/1/18-4/19/18, BBCA.com & Facebook livestream views. Tournament growth = Weeks 1-6 vs Weeks 7-12.  Competitive growth = ListenFirst Media, average weekly growth rate.
BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the critically acclaimed series Killing Evefrom Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II, the acclaimed Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, and the forthcoming next chapter in the epic story of our planet, Dynasty (w/t), the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who,  the ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear, the buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show, as well as Premier League Darts. A joint venture between BBC Studios (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. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and bbcamerica.com. Find out more by follow @BBCAmerica.

EVE” IS KILLING IT ON BBC AMERICA

Midway Through Its First Season, BBC AMERICA Drama Killing Eve Has Grown Viewers Every Week Since Premiere, Garnered Remarkable Critical Acclaim And Fan Engagement
 New York, NY – Friday, May 4, 2018–  Midway through its first season, the new BBC AMERICA drama Killing Eve has accomplished something that is virtually unheard of in television today – the series has seen an increase in viewers every week since its premiere, growing a total of 33 percent in total viewers and 61 percent in adults 25-54 from its premiere episode on April 8 to the fourth episode last Sunday.
Killing Eve is the only new ad-supported drama in more than a decade to show consecutive rating growth over its first four episodes across total viewers and both key demos. Sunday night’s fourth episode delivered 892,000 total viewers and 386,000 adults 25-54 in Nielsen live+3 ratings.
“We could not be prouder of Killing Eve, or more pleased and gratified by the viewer response to this kick-ass thrill ride of a show,” said Sarah Barnett, president of BBC AMERICA. “From our first conversation with Phoebe to casting Sandra and Jodie, this has been a joy every step of the way and we so appreciate the fan and critical response to this unforgettable first season. We can’t wait to share these final four episodes and are already looking ahead to season two.”
Killing Eveairs Sundays at 8/7c on BBC AMERICA and has already been renewed for a second season. Viewers can now watch the first four episodes on demand, on BBCAmerica.comand on the BBCA app.
Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve centers on two women; Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Comer) is a mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Penned by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve follows these two women, equally obsessed with each other, as they go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse. 
Killing Eve was commissioned in 2016 for BBC AMERICA by President and GM Sarah Barnett, and Nena Rodrigue, EVP of Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production; executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Phoebe Waller-Bridge who also served as lead writer and showrunner for the series.  Colin Wratten is producer and Sandra Oh is an associate producer.  The series is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd and distributed by Endeavor Content.

ABOUT BBC AMERICA
BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the critically acclaimed series Killing Eve from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II, the acclaimed Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, and the forthcoming next chapter in the epic story of our planet, Dynasty (w/t), the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who,  the ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear, the buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show, as well as Premier League Darts. A joint venture between BBC Studios (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. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and bbcamerica.com.

Source:  Nielsen, Live+3, Growth in Eps 2, 3, & 4, First seasons of ad-supported dramas excluding mini-series, P2+, A18-49 & A25-54.

NEARLY 3 MILLION “GATHER TOGETHER” FOR THE PLANET EARTH: BLUE PLANET II PREMIERE

Most-Watched Nature Program On Ad-Supported TV In Nearly Eight Years, Five-Network Simulcast Delivers 2.95 Million Viewers, Up 45 Percent Over Last Year’s Planet Earth II Premiere

New York, NY – Monday, January 22 – The premiere of BBC AMERICA’s Planet Earth: Blue Planet II delivered 2.95 million viewers and 1.15 million adults 25-54 in a five-network simulcast event Saturday night in Nielsen live/same day ratings – the most watched nature program on ad-supported television in nearly eight years and an increase of 45 percent in total viewers and 35 percent in adults 25-54 over last year’s Planet Earth II premiere. The 9 pm simulcast ranked among the top 5 programs in the timeslot across all of television, including a #2 rank on cable. The premiere was also BBC AMERICA’s most-watched unscripted telecast ever, with an audience on the network of 1.2 million, including 460,000 adults 25-54. With one encore, nearly 1.6 million viewers watched the episode on BBC AMERICA on premiere night, including 620,000 adults 25-54, in Nielsen live/same day ratings. 

Sarah Barnett, BBC AMERICA President, commented: “It is not hyperbolic to say that Planet Earth: Blue Planet II is groundbreaking television, as astonishingly entertaining as it is important.  How fantastic that so many gathered together for this event premiere across AMC Networks. This kind of rare growth in viewership is a testament to the excellence of the filmmaking, which captures the magic and mystery of our oceans in a way that is as real as it gets yet feels at times as otherworldly as science fiction, so unbelievable are some of the creatures you see.  We urge everyone to stay for the rest of the season on BBC AMERICA - you’ll barely blink.”

The premiere was carried across the five national networks of AMC Networks, including BBC AMERICA, AMC, SundanceTV, IFC and WE tv. The premiere was the #1 cable show for the night in social conversation and #2 across all of television, second only to Saturday Night Live. Across all social platforms, the program generated 224,000 engagements on the day. Planet Earth: Blue Planet II now ties Emmy® winner Planet Earth II and Academy Award® winner OJ: Made in America as the best reviewed unscripted series of all time, with a Metacritic score of 96. The series continues with the second episode at 9pm on Saturday, January 27 on BBC AMERICA.

From executive producer James Honeyborne, the landmark natural history series sees the return of Sir David Attenborough as narrator. Planet Earth: Blue Planet II takes viewers on a revelatory and magical journey into the mesmerizing world of our oceans – the most undiscovered place on our planet. There is more life in the deep sea than anywhere else on Earth, and yet it is said we know more about the surface of Mars than the depths of our own planet. By using cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore this final frontier, the series reveals the astonishing characters, otherworldly places and extraordinary new animal behaviors. Warm and compelling stories about marine habitats and their characterful inhabitants will build people’s emotional relationship with our oceans and bring a new perspective to this little-known world.

Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, a 7×60, is made by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC AMERICA, WDR and France Télévisions in partnership with The Open University. It is Executive Produced by James Honeyborne and Series Produced by Mark Brownlow, and was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual.

Viewers can now watch the first episode for free on demand, on BBCAmerica.com and on the BBCA app.

Source: Nielsen, Live+SD, 1/20/18, Blue Planet II: 9p premiere (BBCA, AMC, IFC, SUND, WE) & 12:30a encore (BBCA), P2+ & A25-54. Nature Program: Nielsen Detailed Type Code = Documentary-Nature or Documentary-Environmental. Planet Earth II: 2/18/17, 9p premiere (BBCA, AMC, SUND) & 12a encore (BBCA). Simulcast rank = 1/20/18, 9-10:10p time period. Social = ListenFirst Media, 1/20/18, Conversation Score Rank vs First-Run Episodes & Digital Audience Ratings (total engagement). 

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Planet Earth: Blue Planet II has received universal critical acclaim. A sampling of some of the more recent responses:

Blue Planet II is the greatest nature series of all time” – The Atlantic

…what a spectacle to observe!” “Despite the high production values, there’s a sense of primal delight, evident in an early scene featuring a pod of dolphins as they ride the waves in the Red Sea.” – The New York Times

“…this seven-episode follow-up puts a greater emphasis on man-made threats to the world’s oceans, but the spectacular, voyeuristic images are as purely pleasurable as ever.” – The New York Times

“Nature documentary filmmaking at its finest.” “The Planet series remain some of the very few programs that can legitimately be called ‘event television.’” “It's a visually astonishing and riveting seven-part collection of images so surreal they almost feel like science fiction.” “Something like this doesn't happen overnight or come around very often.”  – The Hollywood Reporter

“But even if you are braced for a glorious production, “Blue Planet II” is likely to take your breath away.” “‘Blue Planet II’ is jaw-dropping.” – Variety

“…Blue Planet II will be one of your favorite TV events of the year, and its deep dive beneath the waves of the world’s oceans will prove both soothing and engaging. Find the highest-definition television you can and some good snacks and settle in. You’ve got seven whole episodes of jaw-dropping documentary footage to enjoy.” – Vox

“this year’s most stunning docuseries” – TV Guide Magazine


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 Premier 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 follow @bbcamerica.

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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