New 'Doctor Who' series bows to 7.6 million

LONDON — “The Pacific,” HBO’s World War II drama produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, made an impressive U.K. debut on BSkyB’s Sky Movies Premiere web Monday.

The opening two parts of what claims to be the most expensive TV production ever attracted an average audience of 680,000, the channel’s highest ratings since the beginning of 2009, according to Sky.

The subject of a huge marketing push, “The Pacific” was the day’s highest rating non-terrestrial show in Blighty.

Another high-performing TV show in the U.K. over the long, four-day Easter weekend was actor Matt Smith’s debut as the eponymous time traveller in “Doctor Who,” which aired April 3 on BBC1.

Show was watched by more than 7.6 million viewers in what was new “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat’s keenly anticipated first outing in charge of the program.

However, while “Doctor Who” was easily the most watched show of the day, the episode was the lowest-rating series opener of any of the five since the cult sci-fi drama was revived in the U.K. during the Easter weekend of 2005.

Then another British thesp, Christopher Eccleston, played the Time Lord.

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