Eleventh Hour Viewers
The fifth series got off to a strong start with 7.7 million tuning in for Matt Smith’s debut episode as the Doctor. 0.3 million watched on BBC HD, giving a combined audience of 8.0 million viewers.
By comparison, the Series One opener ‘Rose’ was watched by 9.90 million people back in 2005, while the Series Two premiere, ‘New Earth’ was seen by 8.0 million in 2006. Both of those series premiered with a new Doctor (although Tennant had already appeared in The Christmas Invasion).
The episode had a 35.5% audience share and was the most watched programme of the day.
Thanks to Marcus.