Numbers are in: Doctor Who premiere most recorded U.K. show ever!

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Krystal Clark
Dec 14, 2012

Doctor Who's still got it! Whoever doubted him and his appeal can eat crow. When the series returned to television last month, several papers and tabloids made noise about its comparatively low ratings in the U.K. Well, guess what? People didn't tune out, they just tuned in ... differently.

The DVR strikes again. Instead of watching this season's first episode of Doctor Who, titled "The Impossible Astronaut," live, people recorded it and played it back later. The folks over at Kantar Media Audiences (they do ratings analysis) have announced that the episode was the most recorded show in U.K. TV history!

In a way, viewers decided to do a little time traveling of their own with Doctor Who by watching it in the future. After it was all said and done, 4.1 million viewers decided to watch recorded Who, which beat the previous record, held by the Come Fly With Me Christmas special (3.29 million).

Technology is evolving, and home entertainment isn't what it used to be. Not only can we watch shows on DVRs, but we can stream them online with the BBC iPlayer and ITVplayer. They've got to take those into account, too!

Do you watch Doctor Who live, or do you record and watch it later?


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