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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.

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"Orphan Black"

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.