Overnight figures show an average of 6.1 million viewers tuned into BBC1 Saturday evening to see Matt Smith revealed as the eleventh Doctor.
The special edition of Doctor Who Confidential has a share of 29.6% of the total audience and outrated the FA Cup on ITV1 which had around 5 million watching at the time. Despite its early showing the programme was the second highest rated programme of the day, beating Casualty, Demons and Eurovision: Your Country Needs You.
The highest rated programme of the day was Total Wipeout with 6.5 million watching.
Official figures will be released in ten days time.