This just goes to show that if you give "Doctor Who" fans something they want to see, they'll come out for it, even on a Sunday afternoon in August.
BBC America's "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" -- a 2 p.m. special formally introducing Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the next star of the perennial sci-fi series -- was the No. 1 telecast Sunday across social media (not including sports).
It didn't do too badly in the TV ratings, either. "Doctor Who Live" scored 895,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen. That's a pretty extraordinary number for a non-sports program in early August, when many viewers are squeezing in summer vacations while they still can. Also consider the fact that "Doctor Who" is a cultish British sci-fi series that millions of Americans have never even seen.
Capaldi will assume the role in December, replacing Matt Smith.
Did you catch the special? What do you think of Capaldi taking over?