6.2 million watched episode three of Doctor Who: The Curse of the Black Spot, according to unofficial overnight figures.
Figures across the board were up on the previous week with Britain's Got Talent once more winning the day with 10.4 million watching. Doctor Who had an overnight share of 30.5% of the total audience, almost the same as last week.
The programme was 1.6 million ahead of the third placed Casualty. When Doctor Who finished, the BBC One audience dropped from 6.7 million to 3.3 million viewers. Against the Doctor, New People Do the Funniest Things on ITV1 had an average 2.8 million watching. Don't Scare the Hare, the lead in to Doctor Who had 2.3 million watching.
Doctor Who is now the 18th most watched programme of the week. Final figures, which are likely to see a much higher chart placing, will be released next week.
On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential was helped by the loss of the gap between the end of Doctor Who and the start of the follow up programme, and got 0.64 million viewers, up 80% on last week.
Meanwhile in Australia episode Two, Day of the Moon, was the fifth watched programme of the day with around 0.90 million viewers in the five capital cities. The rating is slightly up on the previous week. It was only outranked by news programmes and Australia’s Funniest Home Videos on Channel 9.