After months of anticipation, Jodie Whittaker crashed onto our screens as the Thirteenth Doctor last night and the The Woman Who Fell To Earth overnight ratings prove she was a hit.
According to unofficial overnight figures, the episode was watched by 8.2 million viewers, giving it a share of 40.1% of the total TV audience.
The figures also show that the audience grew throughout the episode, peaking at 8.52 million watching the final fifteen minutes. Meanwhile on ITV, 5 Gold Rings, which was aired at the same time as Doctor Who, had 2.71 million watching.
The rating puts Doctor Who the third highest rated show of the week, behind two editions of Strictly Come Dancing. It is the highest overnight rating for the series for several years. Previous Doctor debuts The Eleventh Hour and Deep Breath achieved overnight figures of 8 million and 6.79 million respectively.
The highest rated show on Sunday was the Strictly Come Dancing results show, which had an average of 9.04 million watching.
The official figures will be released next Monday, which will include those who recorded the episode to watch later. They are expected to be considerably higher than the overnight figures.