BBC America's 'Copper' Becomes the Channel's Highest Rated Series Premiere Ever

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August 21st, 2012

via press release:



New York – August 21, 2012 – BBC AMERICA’s first original scripted series COPPER, which premiered on Sunday, August 19, has become the channel’s highest rated series premiere ever. COPPER delivered 1.8 million* viewers in total audience.


In its 10:00pm premiere, COPPER attracted 1.1 million** total viewers and delivered over half a million in A25-54.


Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America commented: “This is a great result for BBC AMERICA, as our distribution continues to grow – now approaching 80 million homes. The response to COPPER has been tremendous and we’re off to a promising start.”


In addition, attracted its highest ever traffic with nearly a quarter of a million*** unique visitors on Sunday, August 19.


From executive producers Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson, Emmy®-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award®-nominee Will Rokos and Cineflix Studios President, Christina Wayne, the drama series follows Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5) – a rugged Irish immigrant cop – as he seeks justice for the powerless in 1864 New York City. In the second episode premiering Sunday, August 26, 10:00pm ET, Detective Corcoran struggles to find a safe haven for a young girl in danger while trying to bring her sister’s killer to justice. In the mansions of uptown New York, a scheme is hatched to purchase the entire Five Points.


COPPER is a Cineflix (Copper) Inc. production in association with BBC AMERICA. COPPER is created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos. Executive producers include Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Will Rokos, Christina Wayne, Jim Finnerty, Sherri Rufh, Sam Berliner, Sally Catto and Katherine Buck.



* Cume of 10:00pm premiere and three consecutive replays, 8/19/12

** 1,107,000 P2+ and 514,000 P25-54

Source: Nielsen Media Research, 8/19/12, Live + Same Day


  • Matt

    Good for BBCA – hoping they can keep up and improve w/more originals.

  • Mark H

    I thought it was really good. Little creeped out by the 10 year old girl wanting to “pleasure” Copper. But understand the time period this is set in. I’m hooked!!

  • Rono

    It’s very good, it deserves more attention

  • Colin

    Highest premiere ever? Wasnt it the first?

  • EatMorePez


    First original series for BBC America, but not first series ever shown on the channel. Imports like Luther and Law & Order UK count as series shown on BBCA with lower premiere numbers.

  • Tom

    This show has a dark and squalid atmosphere that really sets up the storyline. You can almost feel it. I’m really looking forward to the next episode.

  • Julian

    I’m somewhat perplexed by the praise for the pilot. I found it to be decent, nothing more.

    Set design/Art direction helped to convey a believable atmosphere, however, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

  • Temis

    So thats only half the audience in the targe 25-54 demo? Sounds like its skewing pretty old there.

  • Annonimous

    Will be watching it on mondays on torrents with Hell on Wheels. Feels good, but lacks something. Love irish accents by the way.

  • DeeAgeaux

    I find the Irish-American cops difficult to understand.

    The working class Irish accent is a bit thick.

    I found it amusing when they shot the bank robber then identified themselves as police afterwards.

  • Ike

    Ha ha, “highest-rated series premiere ever” is a good semantic cheat. Clever. I presume it’s phrased that way to get them around Doctor Who, which never had a “series premiere” on BBC America, only season premieres. (The 21st-century “series premiere” of Doctor Who — actually more of a resurrection — was on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2006 and was only shown on BBCA later in reruns.)

    Anyway, good total viewers for BBCA, and I liked the show too.

  • UKTVFan

    It was probably easier to say that than “the Copper series premiere had better ratings than all but a handful of Doctor Who episodes that have aired on BBCA!” If I’m remembering correctly, there have been only about 4-5 episodes of Who that were around or equal to 1.1 million for a single telecast (the last Tennant special, the two-part S6 premiere set in the US, and maybe another episode???).

    I’m sure BBCA is thrilled with 1.1 million viewers, and I hope the ratings hold up over the next 10 weeks (I’ll be watching either the upcoming Saturday 10pm repeat or the HD On Demand version, which I was hoping would be up yesterday, but wasn’t and will hopefully be there today or tomorrow).

  • Bjm

    Definitely worth watching!

  • Jason50

    Good job BBCA! Pretty good pilot episode for Copper which hopefully will continue to get better. I’ll continue watching.

  • Julie

    Pleased to see all the positive feedback about it. It starts here in Canada this coming weekend, and I wasn’t sure if I’d watch or not. But now I think I will!

  • SarahL

    It was a good premiere. It did a good job setting up the overarching story, but it needs a bit of humor to lighten the oppressive atmosphere.

  • Oliver

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is BBC America’s “Mad Men”, where they keep renewing it and it slowly creeps up in ratings season-by-season through word-of-mouth.

  • John

    I didnt hate the pilot, I just couldnt get into it.

  • Jon

    1.1m doesn’t seem that high but isn’t BBC America in less homes compared to cable channels like FX, AMC etc think its 68m homes. I imagine if Copper is a success then it’ll lead to more orginal dramas.

  • John

    I thought it was really good! That time period has always inyerested me. I’ll be watching the rest of the season.

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