'Robot Combat League' is Syfy's Best Premiere for New Unscripted Series in Adults 18-49 in over Two Years

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February 27th, 2013

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robot combat league KICKS BOT AS SYFY’S BEST PREMIERE for a new UNSCRIPTED SERIES among adults 18-49 in over two years



1.3 million TOTAL viewers AND 748,000 VIEWERS 18-49


NEW YORK – February 27, 2013 – Last night’s 10 p.m. (ET/PT) premiere of Syfy’s new competition series, Robot Combat League, geared up more than 1.3 million total viewers and 748,000 Adults 18-49 for a season of non-stop mechanical carnage.  This marks Syfy’s best unscripted series premiere in over two years among viewers 18-49. The episode also had an additional 200,000 views pre-premiere on multiple platforms including Syfy.com, VOD, Xbox 360, Roku and Hulu.


The premiere, in which 24 contestants and 12 state-of-the-art robots were introduced and ranked for the season’s fight tournament, also scored for Syfy.com as the site’s best unscripted series premiere ever across all key traffic metrics and as Syfy’s best unscripted series premiere day ever for Twitter activity.


Robot Combat League continues with an all-new, one-hour episode next Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The episode features preliminary Fights 2 and 3 in the Robot Combat League tournament.  The first battle will pit second-ranked Team Commander, piloted by Apache helicopter pilot Jeffrey Fellin and NASA/JPL engineer Paulo Younse, against 11th-ranked Team Scorpio, controlled by college student Diana Yang and toymaker Chris Hadouin.  In the second fight of the episode, former All-American athlete Devonric Johnson and mechanical engineer Russell Tait lead third-ranked Team Brimstone against tenth-ranked Team Thunder Skull, made up of race car driver Heather Williams and I.T. specialist Brandon Lewis.


Each week Robot Combat League, hosted by Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE superstar, features tournament-style battles between eight-foot tall humanoid robots controlled by a human fighter (“robo-jockey”) and an engineer (“robo-tech”). The robots were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian (Hellboy, Men in Black), a leader in the sport of robotic combat.

  • Bill

    Too bad it was terrible

  • stevenkreg

    Sweet. The show was amazing. I’ve been waiting for something like this for 20 years. I can only hope the ratings get better. And hopefully a second season to come.

  • Simon Jester

    Battle Bots: The Next Generation. And I’m fine with that. :-D

  • Shepherd

    I liked the idea for the show, but i thought the execution was bad. I would have preferred to see the teams have some design/ engineering say in the bots, even if they were only able to modify Syfy’s standard platform, and I also think that the single elimination format really hurts them in the long run. A double elimination style tournament would have been much better, especially when a teams ability to maintain and repair their bot comes into play.

    They went for Battle Bots 2.0, but missed the mark IMO. I’ll still be waiting for Battle bots 3.0: Robot Jox though.

  • JFC

    Couldn’t believe how bad it was, even by Siffy standards,

  • Chris

    Absolutely horrible. Battle Bots was a fantastic concept in that people built their own robots and they were wildly different. This came across as Rock-em-Sock-Em robots that all behaved basically the same with just giant metal things on sleds.

    Give me a spinning robot with a hammer attached. Or a flipper robot that gets underneath something and catapults it. Give me invention.

    This show had none of that. 1 hour show for 4 minutes of “fighting”

  • David

    I had more fun licking a outlet

  • Dave

    All haters need to either step off and go watch something lame, like the little, remote-controlled bumper-car-action of ‘Robot Wars’ or some such, because RCL is AWEZOM. The robots are BOXERS – simple as that – and I *LIVE* for Tuesdays!

    I wish this awesome series twenty more seasons of robot carnage – different robots and jocks/techs, same format. Change nothing.

    SYFY scored a KO with this one. Best thing on TV these days, imho.

    Oh – and I’ve never been ‘into’ any sport – until THIS.

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