Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker's Doctor had the highest series launch ever

The BBC must be very happy with their autumn content. Not only was Jed Mecurio's Bodyguard confirmed as the biggest new UK show since 2006, but now the latest Doctor Who has also been a huge ratings hit. So big in fact, that's it has now been confirmed as biggest ever launch for any new Doctor since the show returned in 2005.

The BBC confirmed that with BARB’s new -4 screen measurements, which includes viewing through a TV screen as well as  non-TV online devices, the first episode of BBC One’s Doctor Who The Woman Who Fell To Earth received a 4 screen consolidated figure of 10.9 million viewers.

Not only has Jodie Whittaker's debut been a viewing success for the show, the consolidated volume also makes Doctor Who the number one drama launch of the year so far. It also proved a big hit with 16-34 year olds, with 1.8million watching the first episode. You can check out our review here.

New showrunner Chris Chibnall released the following statement regarding the success of his new take on the show.

“On behalf of the entire Doctor Who team, a huge thank you to viewers for taking Jodie’s Doctor and her new friends into their hearts, in such huge numbers.  It’s a thrill being deluged with pictures of families snuggled up together, kids (and adults) hiding behind sofas (they actually do that!), and seeing all the extraordinary creative artwork inspired by the show.  The journey of the Thirteenth Doctor is only just beginning. Next stop: Alabama 1955.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, also said:
"It's incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor in such huge numbers. The brilliant Chris Chibnall's new series is an epic adventure on every level, full of so much wit but a scary, edge of your seat adrenaline rush too. "

Doctor Who continues on BBC One this Sunday at 6.55pm. You can catch up our review of the last episode The Ghost Monument here.

Doctor Who

The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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