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Published on April 13th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

10 Million Watch Eleventh Hour

Well, the discussion about the audience figures for The Eleventh Hour and the rest of the new series of Doctor Who looks set to rumble on, but one thing is certain – television has changed.

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star in Doctor WhoThanks 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 – 13.31 million
2 The Next Doctor – 13.10 million
3 The End Of Time Part Two – 12.18 million
4 The End Of Time Part One – 11.91 million
5 Rose – 10.81 million
6 Journey’s End – 10.57 million
7 The Waters Of Mars – 10.32 million
8 The Eleventh Hour – 10.08 million
9 The Christmas Invasion – 9.84 million
10 Planet Of The Dead – 9.74 million

If this doesn’t shut The Guardian up, similar final figures for The Beast Below will certainly help…

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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