Syfy's 'Warehouse 13' and 'Alphas' Season Premieres Up Double Digits in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 Ratings

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July 24th, 2012

While the press release notes comparisons to last season's season finales, here are the comparisons vs. last season's premieres:

Alphas was down ~32% in total viewers vs. its series premiere last year (1.7 million vs. 2.5 million) and down around 40% from its series premiere in adults 18-49 (1.2 million vs. 725 million).

Warehouse 13 was down 9% in total viewers (2.1 million vs. 2.3 million) and pretty much steady with adults 18-49 vs. last season's premiere.

via press release:





NEW YORK – July 24, 2012 – Syfy’s potent one-two punch of hit series Warehouse 13 and Alphas returned to the Powerful Mondays programming block on Monday, July 23, racking up impressive ratings in their respective season premieres.


From 9-10PM (ET/PT), Warehouse 13 averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 – up 17% compared to the season three finale -- and nearly 1.0 million (967K) Adults 18-49, jumping 23% versus last year’s cliffhanger, during its season four debut.


Following from 10-11PM (ET/PT), the season two return of Alphas found 1.7 million total viewers along with 826K Adults 25-54 and 725K Adults 18-49. The Season 2 return of Alphas was up double digits compared to its season 1 finale across all key demos -- +24% in Adults 18-49, +25% in Adults 25-54 and +50% in total viewers.

Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is executive producer and showrunner.


Alphas follows a clandestine group of ordinary people with superhuman mental and physical abilities. The series stars Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen, a preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist who leads an unlikely team of Alphas who take on cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unwilling or unable to solve going head-to-head with many of the criminal Alphas hiding among the normal population. Alphas also stars Malik Yoba, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada and Laura Mennell. Erin Way (Detroit 187, Private Practice) joins the cast this season as Kat.


Alphas is produced by Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television with executive producers Bruce Miller, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, and Gene Stein. Zak Penn and co-executive producer Michael Karnow are series creators.


Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal, In Plain Sight, Psych, Royal Pains and Suits for USA; Alphas, Defiance, Eureka and Warehouse 13 for Syfy. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.


Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)


  • Nick

    Warehouse 13: 0.8
    Alphas: 0.6

  • Lisa

    I will not watch sucky Alphas. Last season I watched it until I decided I disliked all the characters (from the beginning) and each epi bored the frak out of me. Alphas was/is immensely overrated. Comic-Con rotten egg.

  • John A

    Nothing impressive about these ratings.

  • Hillbilly

    Alphas rule!!! Gary will listen to Lisa’s phone calls & report the details to us. ;)

  • The End

    Personally I can see Alphas being cancelled, 1.7 million, even with a 0.6 isn’t going to do much. Especially as with any show, you either see a gain or a loss of viewers. Leaning towards a loss for episode 2.

    Warehouse 13s renewal will come within the next 2 months at the very most. I’m leaning towards a renewal in August personally.

  • DonJ1973

    Here’s the deal with Warehouse 13. This is a 20 episode season. The back 10 is scheduled to air April 2013. I wonder how this will affect a 5th season for summer 2013?

  • The End


    It’l be done Eureka style. I can’t see the show going beyond Season 5. So the show will likely go into production in 2013, for a 2014 premiere.

    Virtually every highly rated show has been ended or cancelled on or around the 5th season, be it Eureka, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, and others.

    Stargate SG1 was a special case. MGM kept it alive.

  • Red Jane

    Great Spin SyFy!!!

    Still glad to have Alphas back… hope ratings improve once people realise the show is back….

  • Mike

    Actually, SG-1 wasn’t quite that special. While it did have five seasons before moving to Sci-Fi, it only had five seasons AT Sci-Fi.

    On the bright side, at least none of its seasons were stretched out over two years. Eureka was the first victim of that tactic.

    Oh, and you can also add Farscape and Sanctuary (4 seasons each) to that list.

  • The End


    I meant special as in it was quite an expensive show to produce(Seasons 9,10 etc), pulling decent enough numbers and still being renewed.

    I guess I wasn’t quite as clear there.

    I think if anything the desire was there to get the show to the 200 episode mark.

  • DonJ1973

    @The End

    I agree. There is simply no way another season can air in 2013 after season 4 wraps. The back 10 episodes will complete airing maybe in early to mid June.

    I think your right, they might greenlight another 10-13 episode 5th season and air it in early 2014 to finish the series.

  • The End


    The problem really, is that Warehouse 13, like Eureka, and BSG are Universal made shows, if NBC decides the show isn’t cost productive to produce anymore, there isn’t much Syfy can do about it.

    5 Seasons seems to be the golden number, I have no doubt Warehouse 13 will reach this.

  • Plok

    Merlin seems to be Syfy’s only scripted show growing every year. Its premiere (1.6 million) was up 19.5% and the season average (1.7 million) was up 14.5% vs. last year.

  • Simon Jester

    @The End,

    Indeed, we know from various Eureka production sources that Syfy execs fought to keep it, but Comcast thought it was too expensive.

  • Aby

    I think SyFy tends to end their shows at the fifth season mark to avoid the increased production costs associated with new contracts at that mark. Even if the ratings are steady, they don’t usually offset the increased costs.

  • Julie


    And Merlin isn’t even a Syfy show, it’s BBC. Syfy just has the rights to air it in the US.

  • The End


    Contracts for the cast are done on a yearly basis for pretty much all shows on the network, it makes no sense to offer an actor a long term contract when renewal is uncertain. It’s how its always been.

    @Simon Jester

    Ironically I was the first one to post about that on here, mostly because people were hating on the network when the network wasn’t the one to blame in regards to Eureka.

    Obviously every year when a show is renewed, the production costs also increase as you’ve stated, sometimes the ratings don’t cover the costs. Shame though, you see quality shows ending when the ratings aren’t actually that bad. A compromise as to made sometime.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Alphas is an outstanding show, with quality acting, engaging characters, excellent writing, good directing, and a plausible premise. The second season premiere episode was excellent, taking up nicely from the season one finale and providing plenty of action and a nice special effect at the end.

    And Summer Glau will be in THREE episodes this season, episodes six, twelve and thirteen!

    The Alphas panel at Comic-Con is now available to view on Hulu:

    And a segment of the panel with Summer:
    SDCC 2012 Alphas Panel with Summer Glau (Sci-Fi / Women)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Oops, forget the link…

  • The End

    @Richard Steven Hack

    I agree with you, obviously need week is very important for the show, I would say within the next 6-7 episodes the renewal/cancellation decision will be made. As is common for most 13 ep shows on the network.

    Purely guessing here but I would say a 1.6-2.0 million, 0.6 average would get it renewed, the magical 2 million line isn’t a finite thing.

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