ORPHAN BLACK is Most-Watched Original Series Debut in Space History with 404,000 Viewers

ORPHAN BLACK is Most-Watched Original Series Debut in Space History with 
404,000 Viewers 
- Space is #1 Specialty Network Saturday as Season 7B premiere of DOCTOR WHO 
draws 654,000 viewers -
- Space.ca hits record high on Saturday with the most visits ever in the 
site's history - 
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TORONTO, April 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The series premiere of what the Hollywood 
Reporter calls "one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the 
year" lived up to its hype Saturday night. Space's new Original Series ORPHAN 
BLACK debuted to a record-breaking 404,000 viewers, making it the 
highest-rated Original Series premiere in the channel's 15-year history. 
Overall, Space was the #1 specialty network of the day Saturday, with the 
return of DOCTOR WHO at 8 p.m. averaging a rousing 654,000 viewers, powering 
ORPHAN BLACK's mind-blowing audience at 9 p.m. 
In all, almost 900,000 viewers watched some or all of ORPHAN BLACK's first 
episode, which launched a complex urban mystery after lead character Sarah 
comes face-to-face with a stranger who looks just like her. The premiere 
episode, "Natural Selection," was also the most-watched specialty program 
during its timeslot. 
Earlier on DOCTOR WHO, the official debut of Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise 
Coleman) as the Doctor's mysterious "twice dead" new companion was watched by 
nearly one million Canadians, as fans turned out in droves for the 7B premiere 
of Space's #1 series. "The Bells of Saint John" episode was the most-watched 
specialty program of the day overall and in the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos. 
In anticipation of both premieres, Space.ca received a record number of 
visitors on Saturday, racking up the highest single day visits in the site's 
history.* Both thrilling episodes of DOCTOR WHO and ORPHAN BLACK are currently 
available online at Space.ca. 
**Media Note** - Photography for DOCTOR WHO and ORPHAN BLACK is available 
online at BellMediaPR.ca/Space 
Generating buzz from critics and fans alike, here's what people had to say 
about ORPHAN BLACK's premiere episode: 


    --  "It's addictive and compelling -- you want the next episode
        mere seconds after the previous one has ended, which is always
        a fantastic sign. But even beyond that, there's little doubt
        that ORPHAN BLACK is more than just a thrill ride or some
        guilty pleasure. It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly
        entertaining new series of the year, and it's so much more than
        pure entertainment. For a sci-fi series, there's some real heft
        to it." - Tim Goodman,
        The Hollywood Reporter
    --  "...ORPHAN BLACK is anchored by a magnetic lead performance:
        Regina-born Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah, a street hustler and
        orphan who gets pulled down a rabbit hole filled with
        look-alikes, double identities and dangerous conspiracies.
        Strong writing and a stellar supporting cast add to Orphan
        Black's appeal. This is one orphan to adopt into your TV
        schedule." - Chris Lackner,
        Postmedia
    --  "It's so much more than simple sci-fi. It's mystery, it's
        action, it's drama and it's as sexy as hell." - Chris
        Jancelewicz,
        Huffington Post
    --  " …as each new breadcrumb is revealed, the show proves to
        be increasingly addictive. Accordingly, make a date with ORPHAN
        BLACK for its premiere on Saturday, March 30(th)." - Tiffany
        Vogt,
        The TV Addict
    --  ohthathayley -
        The Orphan Black pilot episode was all sorts of good, looking
        forward to seeing where this series goes.
        #orphanblack
        #space
    --  okame333 - Just
        watched Doctor Who & Orphan Black on Space. Good new season
        opener, followed by GREAT new show! I am definitely a fan of
        both now!
    --  ShawnMoscato25
        - Orphan Black's First episode rocked!
        @SpaceChannel
    --  mattywatts -
        Between ORPHAN BLACK and DOCTOR WHO, Tatiana Maslany and
        Jenna-Louise Coleman are going to own Saturday night in North
        America.
    --  LindseyMcaruso
        - One thing to say: ORPHAN BLACK Favorite show in the world!
        Loved it!!!
        #OrphanBlack
    --  SarahShelson -
        So I enjoyed the premiere of Orphan Black. That ending was
        killer! :D

In next week's episode of DOCTOR WHO, "The Rings of Akhaten," premiering at 
Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET, Clara wants to see something awesome, so the 
Doctor (Matt Smith) whisks her off to the inhabited rings of the planet 
Akhaten, where the Festival of Offerings is in full swing. Clara meets the 
young Queen of Years as the pilgrims and natives ready for the ceremony. But 
something is stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice will be demanded.

That same night, ORPHAN BLACK returns at 9 p.m. ET with the premiere of 
"Instinct." With a body in her car and nowhere to turn, Sarah (Tatiana 
Maslany, Picture Day) is forced to continue her con and earn "Beth" (Maslany) 
a second chance on the force. But with a killer on her tail, her only hope of 
finding answers lies with another twin, Alison (Maslany).

Social Media Links: Space on Facebook Space on Twitter
DOCTOR WHO on Twitter
DOCTOR WHO on Facebook
DOCTOR WHO Information Network 
About Space
Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic 
movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show 
INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre - all in high definition (HD). 
Also home to upcoming original programs ORPHAN BLACK, PANIC BUTTON, and 
BITTEN, Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, 
@SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is a division of Bell 
Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest 
communications company.

- Space -

Source: BBM Canada
* Since beginning of Omniture data recording in 2008.

Andrea Allen, Space (DOCTOR WHO), 416.384.5375 orandrea.allen@bellmedia.ca 
Natalie Cole, Space (ORPHAN BLACK), 416.384.2140 ornatalie.cole@bellmedia.ca 
Christy Sullivan, Space, 416.384.3624 orchristy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca

SOURCE: SPACE

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