Deep Breath has an audience of 2.6 million on BBC America, the biggest ever audience for a series opener on the channel.
The initial screening, scored 2.2 million, slightly down on the record breaking figure of 2.4 million achieved by the 50th Anniversary story, The Day of the Doctor, last year, but up by 46% on the last equivalent premiere.
The total of 2.6 million includes plays and same-day views.
In the demographic of adults 25-54, Doctor Who had just over 1 million viewers.
During the premiere on Saturday evening, Doctor Who was the most-watched show on cable. It dominated Twitter for the day among TV shows.