'Torchwood' passes 'Lost' in U.K.


LONDON -- "Lost," BSkyB flagship channel Sky One's most expensive series acquisition to date, is continuing to lose audience on Sunday night and is now trailing "Torchwood," BBC3's homegrown "Doctor Who" spinoff.

"Lost," which debuted Nov. 20 with 1.4 million viewers, has seen its audience drop to 863,000 in the Sunday 10 p.m. slot, while "Torchwood" drew 971,000. BSkyB is understood to have paid almost $2 million per episode for seasons three and four of the spooky island drama.

"Torchwood," the Russell T. Davies-penned sci-fi drama about a band of secret service alien hunters, stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and was the BBC's highest-ever rated show when it launched earlier this year to 2.8 million viewers.