Doctor Who pulled in a massive 1.95 million viewers nationally, 1.36 million at 7.30pm on ABC1 and a further 0.59 million for the live broadcast on ABC1, which went out at 6.50am in Sydney and 3.50am in Perth.
The live screening achieved a 5 city metro overnight average audience of 424,000 viewers and a total TV share of 37.1%, while the repeat broadcast achieved a 5 city metro average audience of 922,000 viewers and a total TV share of 16.1%. The repeat was second in its timeslot to 60 Minutes on Channel 9. Across both the live and repeat broadcasts, the programme reached 1.5 million viewers, or 9.3% of the 5 city metro population.
In addition, there were 51,000 plays via iview.
An Adventure in Space and Time, which followed the episode, had 0.94 million watching, a 5 city metro average audience of 633,000 and a total TV share of 13.5%.
Brendan Dahill, Controller ABC1, paid tribute to the series and its makers.
It's clear that The Doctor is adored by millions of people around the globe and we're thrilled that ABC TV was able to be part of this phenomenal global broadcast, bringing the Time Lord's 50th anniversary adventure to fans in Australia.