After debuting to solid numbers for Showtime, Penny Dreadful has hit a bit of a slump with Season 1, Episode 2 (“Séance”). We’re not talking about the creative aspect of the episode — trust us, seeing Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) get possessed by an unknown spirit during Dorian Gray’s (Reeve Carney) party was spectacular — we’re talking about a dip in the ratings. How far did they slip? Read on to find out!
There isn’t too much to worry about, because the show apparently snagged 722,000 viewers during the 10 p.m. ET timeslot, according to Zap2it. If you compare that to the 2.3 million viewers who watched the premiere (take into account that these numbers accounted for various platforms), it’s quite a big fall, but considering only 872,000 people tuned in for the 10 p.m. ET showing of the premiere, it’s just a slight decrease.
We don’t know exactly how well the show did in the demo, but for the premiere it saw 62 percent of viewers fall within the key 18-49 demo. That’s pretty impressive for a brand new show on premium cable, and was the best a show had garnered since Dexter premiered in 2006 to with 65 percent of viewers in the demo.
Episode 2 of Penny Dreadful was even more intense than the first creative-wise, which is another fantastic feat. Sometimes shows have amazing pilots and lose a little steam in the second episode, but not this show! There were possessions, great period costumes, and a few new characters: Dorian Gray and Brona Croft (Billie Piper).
We suspect the show has many more surprises up its sleeve, and we cannot wait!
Are you surprised ratings fell a little for Episode 2? What do you think of the show thus far? Hit the comments and sound off!