Doctor Who Overnight Ratings UPDATED FOR MERLIN

How many viewers joined the wedding party?

The Doctor Who series finale "The Wedding Of River Song” was watched by 6.1 million viewers last night, a massive improvement on the past couple of weeks, and a fitting way to end the run. It’s especially gratifying considering the competition – The X-Factor and the sun – and also up considerably from the 2010 finale. And this is just the overnight figure. The final consolidated figure should see a hefty upswing. Good news all round.

UPDATE: Merlin achieved 5.2 million viewers. No crowing, Doctor Who fans. That’s a great result too (and what Who was getting a couple of weeks back).

The top four for the evening were:

1 The X Factor 9.5 million
2 Strictly Come Dancing 7.5 million
3 Doctor Who 6.1 million
4 Merlin 5.2 million