WGN America’s ‘Salem’ Debuts to 1.5 Million Viewers Sunday

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WGN America, which is aggressively expanding into original programming in a bid to become a top-tier entertainment network, has reason to be pleased with the premiere-night tune-in for its first original series, “Salem.”

The debut of “Salem” on Sunday night averaged 1.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen, including roughly 650,000 adults 18-49 — about seven times the network’s season-to-date average in the 10 p.m. timeslot.

During four combined airings on Sunday, “Salem” drew 2.3 million viewers, including 886,000 adults 18-49.

WGN America is handicapped some by being in just 72 million homes at present, representing 62.3% of the country. It also has only a single feed, meaning the West Coast premiere airs at 7.

“Salem,” which re-imagines the infamous witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts, stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Xander Berkeley, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg.

The series was co-created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, who serve as executive producers alongside Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz, as well as David Von Ancken.  “Salem” hails from Fox 21, the cable production division of Twentieth Century Fox Television.

WGN America’s next scripted series, “Manhattan,” premieres in July, and the event series “Ten Commandments” is set for next year.

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  1. Gail says:

    Loved this show. Love the characters and actors and the interpretation they are going with. To “Pookie and E.G;” go elsewhere. It’s obvious this isn’t your genre and so why watch!? This isn’t a documentary! It is my genre and done well so far. I was entertained and that’s what I came for. Are there witches, yes, were there witches then, probably. Is this absolutely the truth, Ofcourse not, but then how would we really know unless you were there? You wouldn’t! There are unexplained events all over the world and as far back as time began. Thank you wgn for transporting me out of my own world for an hour. Loved it. Hope it takes off like Vampire Diaries

  2. Christian says:

    *Short lived :o)

  3. Christian says:

    Youre both crazy (pookie and eg).. This show is in the genre of horror and in comparison to others that are similar ‘American Horror Story’ ‘True Blood’ ‘Grimm’ etc, this show holds up. It has interesting characters and potential for some great character/plot development, while providing the ‘horror flick’ shock. This show is clearly not for everyone, but those who find creepiness entertaining will hope this show’s run is not lived.

  4. e g says:

    this is secret combinations at its worst!!! it’s almost porn!!!!!

  5. Pookie says:

    AWFUL AWFUL program. WGN should be ashamed to be associated with this project.
    It is incredibly disrespectful to women. It plays fast and loose with American history. Just extremely poorly done.

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