James Hibberd
January 02, 2013 AT 06:32 PM EST

Doctor Who ratings continue to surge on BBC America (maybe that Entertainment Weekly cover story over the summer helped?).

The cult favorite’s Christmas special “The Snowmen” delivered 1.4 million viewers. That’s not quite enough to topple the show’s record-setting fall premiere, but it’s huge for little ol’ BBCA on a holiday. The special was up 54 percent from Doctor Who‘s 2011 Christmas special, plus set a record among adults 25-54.

“It feels exactly right to be ending the year on a ratings high with Doctor Who,” said BBC’s general manager Perry Simon. “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.”

Check out our recap of the DW Christmas special here.

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