Thanks to SFX, we now know that Matt Smith’s UK debut as the Doctor in The Eleventh Hour was seen by 10.08 million viewers, an adjustment of around 2 million viewers. This final figure includes BBC HD viewers and includes BBC iPlayer, Virgin Media on demand and Sky+ viewings.
It’s a far cry from being the lowest opening of any of the new Doctor Who series – in face it’s only slightly behind Rose, and is the second highest series opener yet!
This list makes the whole situation clearer:
Most Watched New Who Episodes
(by final viewing figures, including HD figures where relevant)
1 Voyage Of The Damned â€“ 13.31 million
2 The Next Doctor â€“ 13.10 million
3 The End Of Time Part Two â€“ 12.18 million
4 The End Of Time Part One â€“ 11.91 million
5 Rose â€“ 10.81 million
6 Journeyâ€™s End â€“ 10.57 million
7 The Waters Of Mars â€“ 10.32 million
8 The Eleventh Hour â€“ 10.08 million
9 The Christmas Invasion â€“ 9.84 million
10 Planet Of The Dead â€“ 9.74 million
If this doesn’t shut The Guardian up, similar final figures for The Beast Below will certainly help…