The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special teleported off with the sci-fi franchise’s biggest overnight audience since Christmas 2010 on Saturday.

Doctor Who (BBC1) 7.50pm-9.05pm
10.2m (37.4%)

The 75-minute special episode of drama - featuring current Time Lord Matt Smith, his predecessor David Tennant and the ominous John Hurt - was the second biggest show of the day after Strictly Come Dancing.

It was Doctor Who’s biggest audience since Christmas day 2010, when 10.3m (39.8%) tuned in, and was the fifth highest-rated instalment since the franchise returned in 2005.

The Day of the Doctor peaked with an audience of 10.6m (41.2%) over the five minutes from 7.55pm, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.

The X Factor (ITV) 8pm-9.30pm
7.7m (28.6%)

ITV’s entertainment show celebrated its 10th anniversary with its lowest audience since 1 December 2007, when it drew 7.5m (31%).

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1) 6.30pm-7.50pm
10.6m (43.7%)

By contrast, BBC1’s celebrity dance contest waltzed off with a series high audience. The competition peaked with 11.7m (46%) viewers at 7.40pm.

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (ITV) 9.30pm-10.30pm
9.2m (38.9%)

ITV’s latest update from the jungle was its lowest-rated this year. It was around 2.5m viewers shy of last Sunday’s record-breaking debut.

Comet of the Century: a Horizon Special (BBC2) 9.15pm-10.15pm
1.5m (6%)

The story behind one of the most spectacular comets in a century performed solidly for BBC2 in the primetime slot.

Killing Kennedy (C4) 9pm-10.55pm
965,000 (4.1%)

C4’s imported historical drama, starring Rob Lowe as the former US president, was more than 300,000 viewers below the station’s 12-month slot average of 1.3m (6.5%).

FILM: The Fugitive (C5) 10pm-12.35am
547,000 (3.7%)

The 1993 film was last in line for C5.