TV Ratings: 'Orphan Black' Loses Some Steam Without 'Doctor Who' Lead-In

A year after its series premiere, the BBC America original sheds some viewers but doubles its average demo showing from its freshman run.
"Orphan Black"  BBC AMERICA

Orphan Black returned to BBC America on Saturday night, without its freshman debut's advantageous lead-in from Doctor Who. For its first telecast at 9 p.m., the series averaged 620,000 viewers.

That's down about 50,000 from the premiere last April, which had a 1.5 million boost from Who, though its Saturday showing ended up grossing 785,000 viewers with encores.

Orphan Black marked the second series in a big scripted original push at BBC America. It managed to a modest ratings success, and now ranks as the network's second-biggest series among adults 18-49 -- shy of Doctor Who.

In the key demo, Orphan Black fetched 391,000 adults under 50. That's nearly double its freshman average.

Still, Orphan Black benefited from a great deal of word-of-mouth buzz over the last year. The show was recently named a Peabody Award winner, and star Tatiana Maslany earned a Golden Globe nomination. Some same-day improvement was probably expected, though the full story will likely come in the first time-shifted results.

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