'Doctor Who' Anniversary Special on BBC Averages 10.2 Million Viewers

12:36 PM PST 11/24/2013 by Georg Szalai
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It was the most watched episode of the drama since late 2010, but the U.K. public broadcaster's ballroom competition "Strictly Come Dancing" drew a bigger audience.

The BBC's special 50th anniversary episode of sci-fi evergreen Doctor Who on Saturday night drew an average audience of 10.2 million for the U.K. public broadcaster's flagship network.

The 75-minute special on BBC One peaked with 10.6 million viewers, making it the fifth-highest-rated episode of Doctor Who since the broadcaster brought it back in 2005. It was also the most watched episode since the 2010 holiday episode.

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However, the Doctor Who anniversary special attracted fewer viewers than celebrity dance competition Strictly Come Dancing.

The show averaged 10.6 million and peaked with 11.7 million viewers.

The X Factor on ITV, meanwhile, reached an average audience of 7.7 million on Saturday night.

The Doctor Who special aired simultaneously in 94 countries, setting a Guinness world record for the largest global simulcast of a TV drama ever.

Said BBC One controller Charlotte Moore: "The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who was a spectacular event on BBC One that brought the nation together, cutting through time and space to simulcast in 94 countries to celebrate this great British icon."

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