Ratings: ‘Bates Motel’ Opens Big For Universal Channel, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Hits New Series High For Alibi

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A&E’s drama series Bates Motel pulled in big numbers for its UK series premiere on the Universal Networks International owned and operated Universal Channel on Thursday September 12th.

Per consolidated figures, the series debut of Bates Motel pulled in 340k viewers, up some 131k viewers or 63% on the initial overnight audience of 209k viewers. With those figures, which are up by nearly 400% on the channel’s 12 month slot-average, Bates Motel outperformed other recent premieres such as Major Crimes (229k viewers) and Motive (212k viewers) to become Universal’s highest rated debut since Harry’s Law and its 0.47 million viewers in 2011.

Meanwhile, Rizzoli & Isles over on UKTV’s Alibi channel also pulled in big ratings for the season’s fourth episode (Killer In High Heels), which aired on Thursday September 12th at 9pm. The fourth episode of the show’s 16 episode fourth season pulled in an audience of 627k viewers, beating the previous record of 582k viewers by nearly 8% and representing a new series high. Those figures, considerably up on the channel’s 12 month slot-average, also represent week-to-week growth of 114k viewers or 20% on the preceding week’s 543k viewers.