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The Doctor's invasion of America has paid off.

The premiere of the new season of Doctor Who — the first time the Time Lord filmed on American soil --  drew nearly 1.27 million viewers for BBC America on Saturday, making it the channel's highest-rated, most-watched telecast ever for live and same day viewing.

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That's 71,000 more viewers than the BBC America's previous best — the premiere of last season's Doctor Who in April 2010.

The series kicked off with the two-parter "The Impossible Astronaut," which featured the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his traveling companions taking on a new alien race known as the Silence.