Doctor Who opens to record US ratings

'Doctor Who' has become BBC America's highest rated show after the seventh series premiered with their best ever viewing figures

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Matt Smith and Karen Gillan

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan

'Doctor Who' premiered with record ratings in North America.

The first episode of the sci-fi show's seventh series, 'Asylum of the Daleks', gave BBC America their highest ever viewing figures last Saturday (01.09.12) when 1.55 million people tuned in to see Matt Smith's latest adventures as the Time Lord.

The figures were up by 23 per cent on last year and proved that the world's longest running sci-fi series is gaining a strong cult following in the US.

Canada saw their second best ratings with 620,000 viewers, whereas Australia pulled in a record 75,000 via iView.

The series premiere was as popular as ever in Britain with an overnight average of 6.4 million viewers on BBC One, beating 'The X Factor' to the title of most watched show in its time slot.

The fast-paced opening episode saw the Doctor summoned to planet Skaro, the home of his arch enemies the Daleks, where he reunites with Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) as they face more Daleks than ever before.

It marked the beginning of a five-episode arc leading up to Amy and Rory's exit from the series and the introduction of new sidekick Jenna-Louise Coleman's character, Oswin Oswald.

Matt Smith recently commented: "Just wait until you see their goodbyes. It's going to be tough!"

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