Seems some of the doom prognosticators clamoring over Doctor Who getting old may have missed the mark (although we’ll see with Episode 2 numbers next week). In the UK, it scored 6.79M/32.5 share in the overnight ratings, which means nearly 1/3rd of all TV sets in use in the UK were tuned to BBC One for the Series 8 debut of Peter Capaldi, “Deep Breath”. This made it the most watch Who opener since 2010.
In the U.S. the numbers may not seem as spectacular, with 2.2M viewers, but it was a significant increase over the Series 7 opener at 1.56M, and the Series 8 opener is now the most watch Doctor Who series opener of all time for BBC America. In addition, with the debut of Intruders afterwards, it is in fact the most watched Saturday night of all time for the channel.