5.9 million viewers watched episode four of Doctor Who: The Doctor's Wife, according to unofficial overnight figures.
The story, written by Neil Gaiman, attracted 28.6% of the overnight audience and was the third watched programme of the day. The most watched programme was The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with 9.4 million watching which pushed Britain's Got Talent into second place.
Doctor Who once more drew many viewers to BBC One with the audience rising from 3.6 million to 5.9 million as the programme started and then dropping back from 6.2 million to 3.3 million when it finished.
Against Doctor Who, New Animals Do the Funniest Things on ITV1 had 3.2 million watching.
Doctor Who currently stands as the twentieth most watched programme of the week.
The overnight figure is based on the published timeslot, which was 6.30pm - 7.20pm and so is dragged down slightly by the following programme. Final ratings, based on the exact time broadcast, and including those who record the programme for later viewing, should be available next Sunday.
ON BBC Three / BBC HD Doctor Who Confidential had 716,000 watching, the highest rating of the series so far.