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Doctor Who named top TV show in US charts

13/12/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Series six of the world’s longest running science fiction TV series Doctor Who has pipped US home-grown favourites such as Dexter, The Walking Dead and Glee to become 2011’s most downloaded show (season) on iTunes in America.

The BBC Wales-produced series, lead written by Steven Moffat and starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston, saw the season’s two-part opener feature a storyline set in various US locations including Utah and The White House’s Oval Office. It was also the first Doctor Who episode ever to be filmed in the country.

Steven Moffat, the series’ Lead Writer and Executive Producer commented, “This is incredibly exciting news. It's an honour 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!"

Doctor Who is one of BBC Worldwide’s flagship brands; sold to 185 territories worldwide and with 65 awards to its name. The show premieres on BBC AMERICA in the US and delivered record ratings this season.

Another one of BBC Worldwide’s biggest selling global TV shows, Top Gear, was number 6 in the list.

iTunes (US) Top Ten List of 2011’s Most Popular TV Seasons is:

1. Doctor Who

2. Modern Family

3. Dexter

4. Breaking Bad

5. True Blood

6. Top Gear

7. Glee

8. Entourage

9. Archer

10. The Walking Dead

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