We love Doctor Who. He's a time-traveling, happy-go-lucky man-about-town. And it seems that U.S. iTunes users love him too. According to Apple's famed digital distribution service, Doctor Who was the most popular television show in 2011.
That's not all. In what is yet more proof that geeks rule the Internet, iTunes' most downloaded single episode is from the critically acclaimed horror show The Walking Dead, for its season-two opener, "What Lies Ahead."
Other winners include the show True Blood, Smallville's two-part finale and an episode of Terra Nova.
The U.S. iTunes list of 2011's most popular TV shows is:
1. Doctor Who
2. Modern Family
4. Breaking Bad
5. True Blood
6. Top Gear
10. The Walking Dead
Top-Selling TV Episodes:
1. The Walking Dead - "What Lies Ahead"
2. Glee - "Original Song"
3. Breaking Bad - "Box Cutter"
4. Sons of Anarchy - "Out"
5. Gossip Girl - "The Kids Are Not Alright"
6. Instinct - "Terra Nova"
7. Modern Family - "Our Children, Ourselves"
8. Two and a Half Men - "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
9. Victorious - "Ice Cream for Ke$ha"
10. Smallville - "Finale, Pts. 1&2″
According to Digital Spy:
"This is incredibly exciting news," said Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. "It's an honor to be on the same list as all those shows, let alone at the very top.
"And for a British show to have achieved this in the US is absolutely remarkable. Next, the universe!"
Thanks, iTunes, for giving us easy access to our favorite shows. And while you're at it, would you please give us Game of Thrones and Torchwood: Miracle Day?