Last year BBC America established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of original scripted entertainment. That was when they launched Orphan Black into the world, and in the process gave us one of the most entertaining and addictive science fiction series in ages, not to mention a spectacular talent in the form of lead actress Tatiana Maslany. But BBCA wants to become a true power player on the cable landscape, they’ll need more awesomeness on their lineup. Now it looks like they’ve found a worthy new contender in Intruders, which is already boasting impressive ratings as part of BBCA’s “Supernatural Saturday” block.
As reported by Variety, Intruders had some 790,000 same-night viewers for its premiere on August 23, and that number jumps up to 1.5 million when you factor in the “Live-Plus-3” numbers. So what the hell is “Live-Plus-3?” Nielsen’s Live Plus service tracks DVR viewing of shows, an increasingly important metric as fewer and fewer people are watching things live. Live-Plus-Same-Day sorts out who watched the show live plus all the viewers who watched it time-shifted both on the day of original airing and the day that followed. Live-Plus-Three and Live-Plus-Seven do the same thing, but expand the DVR window to three days and seven days, respectively. So, when you factored in how many people watched Intruders’ first episode in the three days after its August 23 premiere, its numbers jumped up 54% (427,000 viewers).