The long break between seasons of “Doctor Who” resulted in markedly lower ratings for the show’s return on Saturday.

The 10th season of the show premiered on BBC America Saturday to 921,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49. That’s very good for the channel on most nights — but well below the Season 9 premiere way back in September 2015, which drew 2 million viewers and 0.9 in the 18-49 demographic. Spinoff series “Class” debuted outside the Top 25 originals with a 0.2 and 535,000 viewers.

Saturday’s premiere was more in line with the ratings for the 2016 Christmas special (0.4, 1.14 million).

ESPN had the Top 3 programs of the day with a trio of NBA playoff games. A primetime contest between the Spurs and Grizzlies finished on top with a 1.2 and 3.16 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, April 15, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 8:03 PM 3,156 1.2
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 10:39 PM 2,910 1.2
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 5:30 PM 2,592 1.0
SUICIDE SQUAD HBO 8:00 PM 2,138 0.9
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:12 AM 1,578 0.7
SAMURAI JACK ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,297 0.7
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 12:05 AM 924 0.5
LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,283 0.4
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 829 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 2:12 AM 853 0.4
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 747 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 8:00 PM 870 0.4
DOCTOR WHO BBC AMERICA 9:00 PM 921 0.3
NHL PLAYOFFS NBCSN 7:03 PM 759 0.3
MOUNTAIN LIFE HGTV 11:00 PM 1,368 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICK 8:00 PM 1,723 0.3
FLIPPING VIRGINS HGTV 11:00 AM 1,278 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 1,455 0.3
COPS SPIKE 8:00 PM 939 0.3
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM/UNICORN ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 555 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,275 0.3
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 9:00 PM 1,364 0.3
NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN NICK 8:30 PM 1,516 0.3
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 668 0.3
MOUNTAIN LIFE HGTV 11:30 PM 1,200 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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