RATINGS! Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor viewing figures

Latest UK TV viewing figures and ratings

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Jodie Whittaker's debut as Doctor Who was watched by over 8 million viewers in last night's ratings.

An average audience of 8.2 million tuned in for the opening episode of the new series, as Jodie became the first ever female Doctor.


The first of ten new episodes was well up on the 4.6 million viewers that watched the opening instalment of 2017's series in April of last year. It's also significantly above the 5.7 million who watched the Christmas special back in December.

Excluding specials, it's the highest Doctor Who rating based on overnight figures in a decade.

Although it enjoyed strong numbers, Doctor Who couldn't quite topple Strictly Come Dancing as the most watched show of the night.

The Movie week results saw an average of 9 million viewers, up 400,000 on last week's numbers.

As usual in the Strictly Come Dancing results, the judges' marks were combined with the viewer votes. Lee Ryan and his pro partner Nadiya Bychkova found themselves in the bottom two with Charles Venn and his partner Karen Clifton.

They both reprised their latest dances before judges Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood then had to decide who to save, with head judge Shirley having the casting vote.

Craig, Bruno, Darcey all saved Charles, sending Lee home.


Over on ITV, The X Factor averaged 4.7 million for the first of its judges' houses episodes. This is down slightly on last Sunday's numbers but it did clash with Strictly Come Dancing for 30 minutes.

The show saw Simon Cowell fly his girls to Malibu before picking four to take through to the live shows. The competition returns next Saturday and Sunday as Ayda Williams, Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson pick their finalists.

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