Dr Who was a big hit with the viewers on Saturday night, with 10.5 million people tuning in to see the new series.
That was two million more people than those watching Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV1, even though David Beckham was a special guest.
It was the first of 13 episodes of the new Dr Who series, which is back on TV for the first time in five years.
"We're pleased so many people sat down as a family to watch the return of the Doctor," a BBC spokesperson said.
ITV bosses were happy with Ant and Dec's ratings too, saying: "The audience for Ant and Dec was up on the show last Easter Saturday, which got 7.1 million viewers, so we have no complaints."