Viewers Flock to Fantasy

'Da Vinci's Demons,' 'Defiance,' 'Game of Thrones' All Draw Large Audiences

TV viewers left the real world for fantasy and actionbased scripted series over the last 10 days.

Starz and Syfy drew millions of viewers to their respective, much-ballyhooed original series, Da Vinci’s Demons and Defiance.

Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons, an action-based reimagining of a young Leonardo da Vinci, drew 1.04 million total viewers for its April 12 premiere and 1.3 million viewers across two plays. The series drew 2.14 million total viewers over the April 12-14 weekend — the highest premiere weekend ever for a Starz series, executives said. The show has been renewed for a second season.

Syfy’s much-hyped Defiance, which also features a video game application, averaged 2.7 million viewers for its two-hour debut last Monday (April 15) — the biggest series debut for the network since drama Warehouse 13 drew 3.5 million viewers in 2006, Syfy executives said.

The new series, which takes place 33 years after an alien invasion of Earth in a town built in the ruins of St. Louis, also drew 1.3 million adults 18 to 49. That’s the most viewers in the demo for a Syfy premiere since Eureka bowed to 1.7 million viewers, also in 2006.

HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones also recently broke its ratings record, when the April 14 episode was the most-watched in series history, averaging 4.7 million viewers, network officials said. That exceeded the prior series record of 4.4 million viewers, garnered during the March 31 season three premiere.

Sunday’s gross audience across two plays for Game of Thrones was 5.8 million viewers, network officials said.