'Doctor Who' sets BBC America record

Premiere of series reboot is most-watched telecast

The premiere of the "Doctor Who" reboot set viewership records for BBC America.

Saturday's debut averaged 1.2 million total viewers, making it the network's most-watched telecast ever.

The 9 p.m. telecast also set a network record in the adults 25-54 demo, drawing a 0.9 rating, which made it No. 2 in its time slot among ad-supported cable networks.

The previous record was set by the U.S. premiere of "Doctor Who: The End of Time," which averaged 1 million viewers and a 0.8 in the demo on Jan. 2.

BBC America said that "Doctor Who" is also currently the No. 1 TV series in the iTunes store.

The "Doctor Who" reboot features a new showrunner, Steven Moffat; new Doctor, Matt Smith; and the Doctor's new companion, Karen Gillan.