When judged strictly in the context of its Saturday night airing on BBC America, Sunday’s “Orphan Black” was the show’s least-watched season premiere to date.
BBC America’s airing of the season three opener drew a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating with 0.54 million viewers. The season one premiere reached 0.68 million viewers on BBCA, while the inaugural season two “Orphan Black” broadcast drew an audience of 0.62 million.
But insofar as this year’s “Orphan Black” launch was simulcast on four other AMC networks, the episode actually ranks as the series’ most-watched yet.
With broadcasts from BBC America, AMC, IFC, WEtv and Sundance Channel combined, Saturday’s “Orphan Black” drew a total of 1.27 million viewers. 0.95 million of them watched on either BBC America or AMC.
Not simply responsible for the greatest “Orphan Black” viewership total on record, the combined airings also produced the show’s first live episodic viewership total in excess of 0.72 million.