'Alphas' premiere powers Syfy to bigger ratings


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Syfy’s new scripted programming block of Alphas and Warehouse 13 got off to an impressive start Monday night.

Alphas was Syfy’s most-watched series debut in two years, the super-power ensemble drama series delivering 2.5 million viewers and a 0.9 in the adults 18-49 demo.

The season three debut of Warehouse tallied 2.3 million and 0.8 in the demo, dipping just slightly from last year. Meanwhile, over on TNT…The Closer returned to its seventh season to a dizzying 7.2 million viewers, with Rizzoli & Isles nabbing 6.4 million. Rizzoli is down 29 percent from last year’s series opener, but that was the most-watched cable series debut of all time so we can’t exactly give them a hard time about it. Among the adult demo, TNT shows don’t quite shine as brightly as their total viewer numbers might suggest, with Closer drawing a 1.4 rating and Rizzoli a 1.2.

In case you missed TNT’s Dallas trailer that aired during the block, it‘s here.

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  • jon

    Great news! Hopefully it keeps and grows it’s fan base. Actually i recorded show on a whim and was very impressed with it, didn’t feel like a low budget show, and the story was certainly intriguing.

    • Max

      It was a decent pilot. It didn’t blow me away by any stretch but it was good enough to keep my attention and I will be watching to see where the storylines/characters go.

  • Eliese

    Is Eureka not scripted programming?

    • Eshia

      Yeah! I didn’t even realize that Eureka’s new season (ok, fine 2nd half of season 4) was starting last night. I had seen every inch of EW covered with Alphas for the previous several days(…every inch that wasn’t occupied by all things Harry Potter.) We want more Eureka talk!!

  • Amy

    Great news! I really liked Alphas and hope the ratings keep up. I look forward to see where this show goes.

  • AK

    TNT: We’re the new CBS.

  • Rorie

    I amwith Eliese what about Eureka?

  • Jeff in Co

    Bring back Grace!

  • opus

    Are we just simply going to ignore Eureka because it comes on at 8:00? It is my favorite of the shows on SyFy. I know it doesn’t get the numbers that other shows get but I think it is wrong to ignore that it debuted last night too.

    • Rorshach

      Uh its being ignored in the sense that its not the season priemere of a totally new show or even the start of the current season of an old show, as someone else noted its still season 4. If it was the start of season 5 there would be something to complain about.

      • Rorshach


      • AT

        It’s “still” season 4 because Sifi is lame. It’s been almost a year since the last “season” ended. A premiere is a premiere.

  • fernando

    wow yeah I’m happy for Rizzoil and Isles, best show of the summer other then PLL and best duo,I just love Angie and Sasha together.

  • Javadude54

    I watched Alphas but I didn’t really care for it. The worst part for me was the kid who can see, and manipulate by touch, electromagnetic waves (which, apparently, are all tightly focused signals like a laser beam). It’s a fantasy show trying to masquerade as a sci-fi show. Maybe I would like it more if it made up its mind what it was. Right now my suspension of disbelief just isn’t flexible enough to handle Alphas.

  • Heidi

    Regardless of where it falls in the seasonal queue, Eureka’s been off the air since Septemer, so it deserved some sort of passing mention of how it did in the ratings as it returned to the schedule and kicked off a new night/lineup.

  • Ace

    I was impressed both by warehouse 13 and Alphas, and with Haven starting up again on Friday, I love me some Syfy during the summer.

  • Goldskull

    I liked it because it showed me something I haven’t seen a lot. Lots of shows have rivalries and issues between main characters, but there’s usually a sense that despite the disagreement there’s respect. Alphas seems to have characters that genuinely dislike each other but are thrown together nevertheless, and I thought they played that well. I also liked the bit with the technical glitches, it made it a bit easier to suspend disbelief when such recognizable real-life issues come up.

    Also, c’mon. It’s *clicks recorder* Noah Vosen *safe unlocks* from Bourne Ultimatum. That goes a long way in my book. Glad to see it got a good start.

  • pms

    Was not impressed much w/ Alphas premiere. Hope it will get better n interesting. Pls acknowledge Eureka. SyFy has a fun line up for me. Can’t wait for Haven!

  • Justin

    I really liked Alpha’s debut. It reminds me of Mutant X, except Alpha’s powers come with more severe consequences, like Bill who gets a heart attack whenever he uses his super strength for too long. Definitely has the SyFy touch when the screen shows how their powers work. Love it! I pretty much watched Eureka, Warehouse 13, The Closer, Alphas, and Rizzoli & Isles and loved all of them. Mondays are gonna be busy for me this summer!

  • larryk

    I watch all the shows you mentioned in the article. I thought the first season of Haven was weak.Hope it improves this year!Love Wilfred and Louie Louie and Torchwood seems promising.

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