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


  • Seasic

    Watched it…then watched it again with the wife.
    Wanted to like it but it was dry somewhat…will at least give it two more eps before I Jump Ship.

  • groove365

    I thought it was a good premiere episode.
    I’m glad it did well.
    We need more period shows set in the US.

  • Lee

    I am a fan of period pieces, and this one is a winner, hope to see more soon

  • Mary

    I am really enjoying this show and look forward to future episodes.

  • Chris

    I love the show. It has a LOT of adult content, but in this day and age what doesn’t. My entire family watches it and looks forward to it.

  • Nikki

    It does take a bit to get into the dialog, but I’m adjusting. I’ve found that recording it and playing it back with Caption turned on has helped me understand the accents. It keeps getting better and better. It’s dark and dirty and a bit claustrophobic at times. The characters, good and bad, usually look in need of a bath, but that’s in keeping with the time of the show.

    The madam isn’t all sweetness and light; in fact, she has a very bad side. That bad side is very much more in keeping with her profession – prostitution. The little girl that plays Annie is incredibly talented.

    ‘Corky’ seems to be a great person to have on your side, but you definitely don’t want to piss off. He has his own version of justice and right. Sometimes you agree with what he does and sometimes not.

    All of this is very well-played and low key. Just perfect to keep you guessing and coming back for more.

  • kyphi

    I truly enjoy this show. Please tell me bbca is going to give it a second season.

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