Doctor Who's 50th anniversary episode averaged 10.2 million viewers in the UK and peaked at 10.61 million viewers on BBC1 according to preliminary ratings, marking its best ratings in nearly 3 years (Christmas 2010), but was bested by Strictly Come Dancing's 10.6 million average with a peak of 11.7. Doctor Who did handily beat The X Factor's 7.7 million average though.
We're sure we'll hear from the "but with DVR viewing Doctor Who will come out on top!" crowd, but there's no need for Whovians to settle for local supremacy when they can claim worldwide ratings dominance! The special got a Guinness World Record for the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama for having been broadcast simultaneously to 94 countries.
We'll should see (and post) the numbers for BBC America no later than Tuesday.