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The numbers are in for Doctor Who’s sixth season premiere on BBC America and it appears love for the Doctor, his friends and their adventures through time and space has grown between the last season premiere and this one.

BBC America posted the numbers today, stating:

The all new season of sci-fi hit Doctor Who, which premiered on Saturday, April 23, has given BBC AMERICA its highest-rated, most-watched telecast ever in Live + Same Day. Doctor Who delivered almost 1.3 million viewers*, a .72 coverage rating in P2+, and a .92 in A25-54. In total audience, the channel was up 71,000 viewers, from its previous best for last season’s opening episode of Doctor Who in April last year.

* 1,268,010 Total Viewers

I’m wondering if it being a holiday weekend might have affected the ratings for better or worse. Regardless, an increase in the series sixth season is certainly good news, though no real surprise, given how dedicated the Doctor Who fanbase is. The season premiere episode, titled “The Impossible Astronaut,” not only took place in America, but for the first time, was actually filmed in the U.S..

For those who haven’t seen Doctor Who or who are behind, Netflix has Seasons 1 through 4 available streaming. New episodes will continue to air every Saturday, 9:00 pm ET/PT on BBC America.