The Bells of Saint John debuted on BBC One at 6.10pm on Saturday March 30th with ratings of 6.18 million viewers and a share of 29.8% of the audience.
Also the episode faired well in the Apreciation Index, receiving a solid 87.
Doctor Who news reports: “Doctor Who was the third most-watched programme of the day, which saw old rivals Ant and Dec take the top slot with their Saturday Night Takeaway, getting 7.19 million watching. The Voice UK, which was up against Ant and Dec, came second with fractionally more viewers than Doctor Who with 6.24 million. Doctor Who won the time slot with You’ve Been Framed! on ITV getting 3.6 million watching. Overall Doctor Who currently stands at the 22nd most watched programme of the week. Final ratings will be released next week, which, if recent trends are followed, should see Doctor Who substantially increase its rating once those who timeshift the programme are factored in.”
Australian viewership was equally encouraging with TV tonight reporting that The Bells of Saint John was seen by 757,000 viewers. It was also the ABC’s highest rating programme of the evening, and the 8th highest of the day. The episode was screened only hours after it’s UK debut at 7:30 on Sunday March 31st.