Torchwood: Children Of Earth had a strong start for BBC One Monday night, according to early ratings figures.
The first episode of the five-part third series of the Doctor Who spinoff - starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles - pulled in 5.94m (25.8%) during the 9pm hour, coming first place in its timeslot.
Previously, series one opened to 2.4m (12.7%) on BBC Three on October 22, 2006, while 3.72m (14.8%) tuned in for the series two premiere on BBC Two on January 16, 2008.
Torchwood's nearest rival last night was an episode of ITV1's Real Crimelooking at the murder of teenager Hannah Foster. It managed 4.15m (18%) in the 9pm hour, while BBC Two's The Supersizers Eat... The French Revolution had 1.55m (6.7%).
Source: Digital Spy