This was a rise of 54 per cent on the BBC America ratings for last year's Christmas episode, making it the channel's second most-popular programme, beaten only by Asylum of the Daleks, which garnered 1.555 million viewers in September.
Perry Simon, BBC America's general manager, said:
It feels exactly right to be ending the year on a ratings high with Doctor Who. The show has really delivered for us this year on every level. Cinematic scale, superb acting, cracking storylines, and a growing band of dedicated fans – we can't wait for the next series in spring 2013.According to TV By The Numbers, it was the 70th most-watched programme on cable on the day and 17th in its transmission slot.
Doctor Who has also been voted TV Guide cover of 2012, having made the front last month as last year's Fan Favorite.