The Steven Moffat era kicked off in style, with overnight figures indicating that those viewing the episode represented a suitably large 36.9% of the available audience, with a peak of 8.4 million! Not bad going for a story of rebirth on Easter weekend, eh?
Elsewhere, ITV 1′s popular show Harry Hill’s TV Burp was watched by a lowly average of 3.5 million viewers, although it should be added that it was a Harry Potter movie that directly challenged Doctor Who with a mere 2.9 million viewers.
Doctor Who pretty much dominated the Saturday night TV schedules for the full 65 minutes as the series entered a new era with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond. Few turned off when confronted with the striking features of Matt Smith, the CGI or the new theme tune.
Incidentally, you can listen to a full 1 minute version of the new Doctor Who theme tune on the BBC’s Official site!