Period drama gives cabler top premiere ever

BBC America’s “Copper” gave the network its most-watched series premiere ever, with 1.1 million viewers for its initial airing Sunday.

The skein, which is the cabler’s first original drama, added another 374,000 viewers in a repeat airing immediately after its 10 p.m. premiere and eventually amassed 1.8 million viewers over four airings.

Of the initial aud, 514,000 were in the 25-54 demo.

“This is a great result for BBC America, as our distribution continues to grow – now approaching 80 million homes,” BBC Worldwide America g.m. of channels Perry Simon said. “We’re off to a promising start.”

Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Will Rokos, Christina Wayne, Jim Finnerty, Sherri Rufh, Sam Berliner, Sally Catto and Katherine Buck exec produce “Copper,” which features Tom Weston-Jones in its 1864-set ensemble. Cineflix produces in association with BBC America.

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