Vampires beat Cylons in ratings battle


BBCThe premier of The Vampire Diaries on ITV2 last night proved to be more popular than the two-hour premier of the new Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica on Sky One. Elsewhere BBC One’s post-apocalyptic drama Survivors saw a slight rise in ratings.  

Two American imports made their debut on British television last night with The Vampire Diaries and Caprica both airing their opening episodes. On Sky One the two-hour Syfypilot of Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica aired just two weeks after it opened to disappointing ratings in America. Sky One previously showed parent show Battlestar Galactica and co-funded the first season of the critically acclaimed drama. However, it seems that on this side of pond as in America Caprica has an uphill ratings battle. According to early figures it didn’t make an impressive start on Sky One with 170,000 viewing the first hour with the second hour dropping to 135,000. However, it was a slightly different start for The Vampire Diaries on ITV2 which had a decent start as 850,000 viewers tuned in for the opening episode of the teen-orientated vampire series. However, it too suffered a big dip in the ratings for the second episode which fell to 585,000 viewers.

On terrestrial television and the latest episode of BBC One’s Survivors saw ratings climb ever so bbcslightly with 3.8 million viewers – compared to the 3.6 million who tuned in last week. Last night’s episode of Survivors saw the return of Nikki Amuka-Bird as the devious Samantha – the latest surviving member of the UK government – it also guest-starred Only Fools actor Roger Lloyd-Pack as a travelling salesman who has dark connections. Earlier in the evening Holby City had 5.8 million viewers. EastEnders had 9.5 million viewers at 7.30 with the BBC Three adding nearly 1 million viewers to the episodes total. Emmerdale had a strong 7.4 million while Hollyoaks was seen by 1.4 million viewers. On Channel Four at 10pm Shameless lost a significant proportion of its audience from last week as 2.5 million tuned in for the second episode of its 7th season. Last week’s season opener had an average audience of 3.2 million viewers giving a drop of 700,000 viewers.