Matt Smith's final appearance as the Eleventh Doctor ranked as one of the most tweeted TV shows of the week, according to Nielsen.
Matt Smith's final appearance as the Eleventh Doctor ranked as one of the most tweeted TV shows of the week, according to Nielsen. (Adrian Rogers / BBC)

Twitter was alive with discussion about actor Matt Smith's final appearance as the time-traveling protagonist of the long-running BBC science-fiction series "Doctor Who."

The Eleventh Doctor's farewell performance, in an episode telecast on Christmas Day, produced 84,000 tweets that reached nearly 1 million Twitter users, ranking it as the second most discussed television show on the social media platform for the week of Dec. 23, according to Nielsen.


Only "WWE Monday Night Raw" attracted more Twitter buzz, producing 113,500 comments seen by nearly 1.3 million Twitter users.

CBS' "The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," ranked as the third most social TV program of the week, with 22,000 tweets reaching a Twitter audience of nearly 737,000. The event lauded soprano Martina Arroyo, pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, singer-songwriter Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana.

Nielsen's SocialGuide captures relevant TV-show related tweets from three hours before, during and three hours after an episode's initial airing, and measures the Twitter audience exposed to these online comments. Its Top 10 most tweeted about TV shows are as follows:

Rank    Program                              Date            Network    Unique Audience (000)    Tweets (000)           
1    WWE Monday Night RAW           12/23/13           USA                             1,260.2          113.5
2    Doctor Who                                12/25/13          BBC America                  988.7             83.7
3    The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors   12/29/13   CBS                        736.5             22.0
4    The Sing-Off                               12/23/13           NBC                               665.8            33.4
5    Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith  12/25/13      BBC America                611.9             37.7
6    The Real Housewives of Atlanta   12/29/13           Bravo                            539.6             51.2
7    WWE Tribute to the Troops     12/28/13            NBC                                  477.5             26.3
8    WWE Friday Night SmackDown! 12/27/13            SyFy                              473.1             39.3
9    Black Ink Crew                       12/23/13             VH1                                  290.3            19.5
10    iMPACT Wrestling                      12/26/13            SPIKE                            216.7            12.4