Defiance premieres huge, Thrones still rules + 43 other genre shows

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Apr 24, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT


It was definitely a good week if you like watching Syfy.

This week the network premiered Defiance, one of its most ambitious shows ever, and episode one's numbers didn't disappoint. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones kept slaying the competition, Da Vinci's Demons had a bit of an off week, and two shows we were expecting to see had to be pushed due to breaking news.

Check out the numbers and commentary below to see how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day ratings.


MONDAY, April 15th

Defiance (Syfy) 2.72 million viewers/1.0

After months of buildup and buzz, Syfy's Defiance delivered big in its series premiere last Monday, pulling in Syfy's best premiere numbers in key demographics since the series premiere of Eureka seven years ago. Let's hope it can keep it up.

Bates Motel (A&E) 2.65 million viewers/1.1

Bates Motel bounced back after a low week last week for another strong episode.

Revolution (NBC) -- OFF

Revolution was pre-empted by coverage of the Boston Marathon tragedy. It'll return to the list next week.

Shows on Hiatus

Teen Wolf (MTV) — Returns June 3, 2013

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) — Returns April 29 2013

Tron: Uprising (Disney XD) — Returns Unknown

Continuum (Syfy) — Returns June 7, 2013

Being Human (Syfy) — Returns 2014

Lost Girl (Syfy)  — Returns Late 2013

Canceled Shows

Alphas (Syfy)


WEDNESDAY, April 17th

Arrow (CW) -- OFF

Supernatural (CW) -- OFF

Shows on Hiatus

Futurama (Comedy) — Returns 2013

American Horror Story (FX) — Returns Fall 2013

Dragons: Riders of Berk (TOON) — Returns Unknown

The Neighbors (ABC) — Returns Unknown


THURSDAY, April 18th

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) -- OFF

Person of Interest (CBS) -- OFF

Elementary (CBS) -- OFF

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 2.14 million viewers/1.0/3 share

The Vampire Diaries returned from a brief hiatus to a dip in numbers, but May sweeps are just around the corner.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) 1.59 million viewers/0.6/2 share

Beauty and the Beast basically broke even in its return. Its future is uncertain, but it's still hanging in there.

Hannibal (NBC) 3.51 million viewers/1.4/4 share

Hannibal dipped a bit this week, but still put in solid numbers. It was also a chaotic news week, so everything's a little off. We'll see how next week goes.

Shows on Hiatus

Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown

Wilfred (FX) — Returns 2013

Haven (Syfy) — Returns Unknown

Archer (FX) — Returns Unknown

Canceled Shows

Last Resort (ABC)

Zero Hour (ABC)


FRIDAY, April 19th

Touch (FOX) -- OFF

Merlin (Syfy) -- OFF (Returns May 3)

Grimm (NBC) -- OFF

Grimm was pre-empted by breaking news coverage of the manhunt for the Boston bombers. It returns next week.

Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) 0.5 million viewers/0.2

Da Vinci's Demons fell sharply in its second week, but it's not because people didn't care. It aired during one of the biggest news nights of the years, and everyone was watching breaking coverage of a manhunt. More viewers caught up over the weekend, so expect next week's numbers to be a good deal higher.

Completed Shows

Fringe (FOX) — Run ended after five seasons

Spartacus (Starz) — Run ended.

Canceled Shows

Cult (CW)


SATURDAY, April 20th

Doctor Who (BBCA) 1.03 million viewers/0.4

Doctor Who picked up some viewers to again top the 1 million mark for another strong Saturday night.

Orphan Black (BBCA) 0.36 million viewers/0.2

Orphan Black basically broke even in viewers but doubled its demo score for a nice Saturday boost.

Shows on Hiatus

Bedlam (BBC) — Returns Unknown

Canceled Shows

Clone Wars (TOON) 


SUNDAY, April 21st

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 7.37 million viewers/2.1/6 share

Once Upon a Time returned to a slight drop in viewers and demo scores, but it's still putting up decent numbers. 

666 Park Avenue (ABC) — OFF

666 Park Avenue's final four episodes will show up this summer on ABC, then it's done.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 4.87 million viewers/2.6

Usually we expect to see a show's highest numbers at the beginning or the end of a season, particularly with big cable dramas like Game of Thrones. But the show keeps surprising us. For the second week in a row the show set a series record in viewers, and set a new record demo score to once again earn the Sunday night crown. With six episodes left in the season, can it rise again?

Shows on Hiatus

Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns 2013

True Blood (HBO) — Returns 2013

The Walking Dead (AMC) — Returns Fall, 2013