According to The Guardian, The Eleventh Hour‘s 7.6 million viewers (according to overnight figures) tuned into BBC One represented Doctor Who’s lowest opening episode since the series returned in 2005.
Despite the 35.3% audience share over the episodes duration (65 minutes from 6.20pm), The Guardian highlight twice that none of the previous series openers – Rose, New Earth, Smith and Jones and Partners in Crime -Â received figures as low as The Eleventh Hour.
Yet the audience share speaks for itself – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban achieved a share of 17.2% during the first half of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan’s debut, while Harry Hill’s TV Burp had a share of 16%.
However, as reported by GallifreyNewsBase, The Eleventh Hour received an audience Appreciation Index (AI) of 86, in contrast to The Christmas Invasion which scored 84, and Christopher Eccleston’s first story, Rose, scored which managed 76.
It is also worth noting of course the figures published in The Guardian are for BBC One. There is no mention of BBC HD or the BBC Three repeat, while viewings on iPlayer are yet to be added in.
We’re curious why The Guardian felt the need to state twice that Steven Moffat’s first story in charge had lower ratings than the previous season openers, especially when they’re quoting massaged figures.