More than 5m of us tuned into Remember Me on BBC last night.
Sunday's episode, which was shot in Huddersfield and Scarborough, is the first of three starring Michael Palin.
The series is the former Python's first leading drama role for more than 20 years
Remember Me managed an average of 5.27 million viewers and a 21% share of viewing between 9pm and 10pm.
Last night's episode saw pensioner Tom Parfitt witness a social worker plunge to her death from the care home room in which he'd just been transferred from his own home.
It was up against ITV's I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!, which averaged 9.3 million and a 39% share of viewing between 9pm and 10.30pm.
Other 9pm competition included BBC2’s World’s Greatest Food Markets (1.2 million/4.7%), Channel 4’s Homeland (1.2 million/4.9%) and Channel 5’s movie premiere The Green Hornet (0.8m/4.1%).
The show garnered very positive reviews.
Benji Wilson from The Telegraph wrote: "A combination of clever direction, disorienting photography and a brilliant, subtle score that would none the less blast you with atonal blobs of sound from time to time meant that already Remember Me is proving distinctly hard to forget."
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail: "The creepy atmosphere built throughout the first episode. If the tale could have sustained this level of intangible terror, it would have been perfect.
"But it tipped over into Hollywood horror... It will be a shame if this turns into a full-blown poltergeist screamer, instead of remaining a chilly finger up and down the spine."
Ellen E Jones of the Independent said: "Remember Me’s themes of buried, Anglo-Indian guilt seem to fit well not only within the context of modern, multicultural Yorkshire, but also within the classic ghost story tradition. Hints like these are enough to draw us back in to find out more next week.
Unrealitytv.co.uk thought it was a good start, writing: "The strength of Remember Me will be in its final reveal but this first episode was incredibly promising and I for one can’t wait to see what happens next."
Finally in Metro, readers found out: "If you like a good psychological horror, Remember Me starring Michael Palin and Mark Addy is definitely for you. If not, maybe have a cushion at the ready to hide your face."