The second season of Orphan Black kicked off this past Saturday, April 19, at 9 p.m. ET, and while the viewership for the highly-anticipated premiere was impressive, the BBC America drama didn’t perform as well the second time around because the season began without that ever-helpful Dr. Who lead-in.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the 9 p.m. ET telecast sans Dr.Who before it drew about 620,000 viewers, down some 50,000 from the series premiere last April which did follow a Dr.Who episode.
Still, Orphan Black is showing impressive numbers on its own and is currently ranked as BBC America’s second-biggest series among adults 18-49, behind the aforementioned Who, of course.
What’s more? In that key 18-49 demo OB earned an impressive 391,000 viewers, nearly double its first season average. THR points out that despite the lack of Dr.Who lead-in, Orphan Black will likely continue to gain traction because of increased word of mouth and recent awards show love. Series star Tatiana Maslany earned a coveted Golden Globe nomination earlier this year, and the show as a whole was recently awarded a Peabody. Keep up the good work, clones!
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Orphan Black Season 2 airs Saturday nights at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter