August 21, 2012 10:13am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Copper,' BBC America's First Scripted Original, Pulls in 1.1 Million
Copper, BBC America's first effort in original scripted programming, fared well in its inaugural outing. The Sunday premiere fetched 1.1 million viewers during its 10 p.m. debut broadcast.
The number marks a premiere record for the network, which previously has dealt in imported fare from the U.K. and a handful of recent original unscripted efforts.
Adding consecutive replays, Copper delivered a total of 1.8 million viewers in its first night. Among adults 25-54, it pulled in 514,000 viewers.
As for record audiences, Doctor Who set the bar for the network, opening its sixth season to 1.3 million in April.
"This is a great result for BBC America, as our distribution continues to grow -- now approaching 80 million homes," Perry Simon, GM of channels at BBC Worldwide America, said in a statement Tuesday. "The response to Copper has been tremendous, and we’re off to a promising start.”