'Defiance' premiere lights up Syfy ratings


To call Defiance a big deal for Syfy would be a huge understatement. The show is Syfy's biggest original program in years and has ALREADY spawned a video game.

And the investment seems to be paying off already, as the premiere on Monday night drew in 2.7 million viewers - really great numbers for a Syfy program's debut.

This is the best premiere for the network since Warehouse 13 dropped in 2009.  Included in that number is 1.3 million viewers in the key 18-49 demographic that the network goes hard after. That number is the highest demo number for the network since Eureka in 2006.

Not too shabby, huh?

More than $100 million is being spent on the Defiance franchise, combining the series and the video game. With that kind of money being tossed around, Syfy is very hopeful for a great return (can you blame them?).

The video game is a bit of a success already as well, as Syfy says that it has logged more than six million hours of play already. Reviews for the game have been rather lackluster, however.

The show is premiering in more than 55 countries this week, which makes it the biggest day-and-date launch in NBCUniversal history.

Did you see the show? How was it?

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Written by: Hamatosan
Apr 16th, 2013, 7:47 pm

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Message Posted On Apr 23rd, 2013, 9:45 am

This is SyFy - even if the show is great, it will end up being cancelled well before its time, and without resolution (a recent example is Alphas).

I used to watch SciFi out of a sense of belief in "the cause" - even shows that didn't seem interesting to me, I would at least give a chance, simply because of the network they were on. They've lost that brand loyalty from me - let them grab the viewers who care about wrestling and 3rd tier "reality" shows. If that keeps them profitable, then more power to 'em. Just don't ask me to be a member, I'd rather not be associated with that crowd!


Message Posted On Apr 19th, 2013, 12:28 am
Dr who is possibly the cheesiest pile of s... On the tv and still drags in 5m+ viewers so if the BBC (people actually want torchwood back, can you imagine!) can churn this stuff out then so can Syfy. Personally I thought the first episode was promising. As for not buying this is 2013 not sure what your watching Wynn but the state of tv now is shocking. I can count the number of Quality shows on one hand, and 10 cheesy low budget shows for each of those that are continuously being renewed

Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 3:25 am
It was shit. SCIFI had a Friday night that ran Farscape, The Invisible man and Lexx all in a row. Compare this to the quality of Farscape. It isn't there. Sadly, being very little scifi on tv, I will watch it. Why not allow everyone to keep their accents? Would Australian Grant Bowler sound less powerful using his Wolf West voice?

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Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 3:04 am


A bit cheesier than it ought to be, but actually not as bad as I thought it would've been.


The cheeky one-liners kills all seriousness though, along with some questionable acting from a good half of the cast. Throw in some half arsed CGI and rubber suits and it doesn't bode all that well.


All in all decent, but having a hard time seeing it last longer than the season out, which will unfortunately kill the only half-decent game as well :/


Might've bought this 10+ years ago, but it doesn't really hold up in 2013 :/


About the game, what a laughable criteria that is. 6 M hours. In 14 days? Haha. So that means they've not sold more than ~2-400.000 or so at the most? Just a rough guesstimation of course, but that doesn't sound like nearly enough at all.


Knowing Trion already having a bit of trouble with Rift, and EoN being a half disaster for them, it could seem like they're going down fast if they're not picking up the same viewers next week, which will of course also sell some copies of the game in itself.


But they should probably aim for something like a 10-29 demographic when it comes to a cheeky show and a game like this. After all it didn't score more than just 62 at metacritic. Can't see it lasting that long unless they really get the youngsters on board.


Good luck SyFy and Trion!

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