BBC America’s ‘Intruders’ Beats ‘Orphan Black’ in Series Premiere Ratings

BBC America Intruders

BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday block has gotten a ratings jolt with the premiere of new drama “Intruders.”

The first episode of the eight-part paranormal thriller, airing behind the return of “Doctor Who,” delivered 1.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. It had averaged 796,000 viewers in the same-night numbers initially reported, so the additional three days of DVR playback added 54% (or 427,000 viewers) to its total.

The show also had a 77% growth among adults 25-54 from its same-night tune-in (rising from 352,000 to 623,000 in “live plus-3”), a significantly greater lift than seen by the series premieres of other BBC America shows like “Atlantis” (+38%) and “Orphan Black” (+29%). “Intruders” is also second only to “Copper” as the channel’s highest series premiere ever in live+3.

From writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (“The X-Files”), “Intruders” is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. The series is based on British novelist Michael Marshall Smith’s book of the same name and is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

BBC America has also released the second episode of “Intruders” early via VOD, and its YouTube channel.

“Intruders” airs at 10 p.m. Saturdays on BBC America.

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  1. Joe says:

    Both shows have joined Dr. Who has the same old crap that a declining BBC has been offering of late.

    According to various UK News stories, the BBC is cutting staff and it’;s workforce by 80%. In two years, there will be a smaller BBC, and it bodes ill for any and all TV or News shows they do.

  2. annie says:

    Well, that’s stupid–orphan black’s are repeats–wait til they are new and see what happens. Intruders was terrible–won’t watch again

  3. annie says:

    Well, that’s stupid–orphan black’s are repeats–wait til they are new and see what happens

  4. spinner Mckee says:

    Love orphan black, great writing, acting (incredible), nice long story lines with twists and turns, humor. But that new show turned me off as they showed a little girl drown a cat. Yeah, I know, it is an old soul living in a childs body but it was still disgusting.

    • Me too, wasn’t interested in the show anymore after they killed the cat. So sad and unnecessary. Love Orphan Black and also really like Atlantis, but Intruders wasn’t holding my interest and then the cat thing turned me off it completely. Too bad because there’s a few actors in it I really like.

    • Teek says:

      Turned it off as soon as little girl drowned her cat. Won’t watch it again.
      Why is it necessary to kill animals? This only encourages unstable children and adults to kill small helpless animals and does very little for any storyline other than alienating viewers.

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