Syfy's 'Opposite Worlds' Most-Watched Series Debut With Women 18-34 Since 2008

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January 22nd, 2014

Opposite Worlds

via press release:





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NEW YORK – January 22, 2014 – In its debut last night, Syfy’s new reality series Opposite Worlds – featuring drama, shocking twists and an unexpectedly emotional first challenge – set channel social media records along with delivering a wider, younger-skewing female audience.  The show, which pits contestants in a past versus future live social experiment, also became the channel’s most watched reality premiere in six months among Adults 18-49, averaging 645K in that key demographic.


The series, hosted by Luke Tipple (Capture), also delivered one million total viewers during its telecast Tuesday, January 21 from 10-11PM (ET/PT).


Opposite Worlds was exceptionally strong among young females, becoming Syfy’s highest rated series premiere – both scripted and unscripted -- in Women 18-34 since 2008.


The series was the highest rated unscripted series, among Adults 18-49, to debut on Syfy in Tuesday prime in nearly a year.


Throughout social media, a cornerstone of the program, Opposite Worlds was Syfy’s most social series premiere ever in tweets and tweets per unique author.


Social media highlights include:

  • Opposite Worlds ranked among the top five cable entertainment programs in tweets per unique author, top 10 in impressions and top 15 in unique authors and tweets.
  • More unique authors and tweets than MTV’s Are You The One?, AETV’s Criminal Minds, TNT’s Supernatural and Discovery’s Klondike.
  • More impressions and tweets per unique than Lifetime’s Dance Moms/Kim of Queens, TBS’ Cougar Town and FX’s Justified.
  • Opposite Worlds had more tweets than Fox’s The Mindy Project/New Girl/Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • More tweets per unique author and more impressions than CW’s The Originals, ABC’s The Goldbergs and Fox’s The Mindy Project/New Girl/Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  • The #oppositeworlds hashtag ranked among the top 10 TV series hashtags across all of broadcast and cable with 19,000 tweets.


The series was also’s top unscripted series premiere ever in page views, uniques and visits.


The second episode of Opposite Worlds, tonight at 10PM (ET/PT), will be Syfy’s first live weekly reality series telecast. The 12-episode Opposite Worlds will run for six weeks.


In Opposite Worlds, 14 people from all walks of life go head-to-head in opposing teams that live in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one future and one past, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Adding to the drama is a glass wall dividing the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other's every move. Viewers can contribute to the chatter about Opposite Worlds – and affect each weekly challenge - by following the handle @syfyoppworlds and using the hashtag #oppositeworlds on Twitter.


Opposite Worlds is executive produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic, Adam Kaloustian and Curtis Colden for Eyeworks USA. The series is based on the hit Chilean format, Mundos Opuestos, originally broadcast on Canal 13 and distributed by Banijay International.


About Eyeworks USA

Eyeworks USA is one of television's most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, producing shows grounded in the ability of people to change and transform their lives. Current series include Extreme Weight Loss in season four for ABC; Bar Rescue in season four for Spike (the network’s #1 show across all male demos); My Cat from Hell, in season five for Animal Planet; LA Hair, in season three for WEtv; and Oxygen's series My Big Fat Revenge, among many other series. Roth and Nelson are also known for producing the first 11 cycles of the award-winning The Biggest Loser for NBC. Other Eyeworks series include Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost for TLC, TV Land's Forever Young, as well as the long-running, genre-creating franchise for VH-1, Beauty and the Geek.


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.  NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)


  • Rene

    Yay, Chile :D
    ‘Mundos Opuestos was a HIT here in my country. So happy for this.

  • cimmer

    So Opposite Worlds got a .06?

  • Shepherd


    I think 645K works out to a ~0.51

    Opposite Worlds was exceptionally strong among young females, becoming Syfy’s highest rated series premiere – both scripted and unscripted — in Women 18-34 since 2008.

    As though the show that previously held this distinction, Caprica, worked out really well for them. I’ll never understand why Syfy is so intent on attracting more women viewers; all it does is tarnish their brand even further. You can’t please everybody; pick a demographic and stick to it.

  • Jagger Dagger

    I watched it, but won’t be watching again.
    The contestants were so douchie they looked like rejects from a Big Brother audition.

  • cimmer

    Thanks @Shepherd. It’s nice they’re happy to see women although I remember Dresden Files where the exact opposite seemed to be the case. lol

  • Uktvfan

    The title of this post is incorrect — the words “Among Women 18-34″ should be added (as the press release clearly says). Plenty of Syfy series debuts since 2008 have had more total viewers than the Opposite Worlds debut.

  • Robert Seidman

    @uktv fair point. Fixed.

  • DeeAgeaux

    If SyFy were the CW that would be great.

  • Brian Williams

    More soma for the gammas.

  • rhonda

    So disappointed in this show. 2nd show had 3 minutes of competition while the rest was all talking w/ details and instructions. TOO much conversation and not enough doing. Thumbs down

  • cimmer

    I’m confused, if it got 0.5 shouldn’t it be on the Tuesday Cable ratings that just came out? Or am I messing up days again what with the holiday and all?

  • Guy

    It had a few entertaining moments, a couple good cast members.

    The host seems to be trying too hard.

    But the one thing that bothered me is the show format where the “least popular cast member is punished”.

    So the popular person gets rewarded and the unpopular gets punished. (High school)? So everyone needs to kiss ass.

    And of course it’s the sneaky opinionated gay guy that’s getting punished—that was so predictable.

    Some voters probably want him in irons and lashed…..Uggg

  • Helena

    Seriously? I am in that demographic and the only reason why I was watching it, was because I was actually watching Face Off and then didn’t change the channel while I went to go do something else. I will remember to change the channel next week.

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