‘Believe’ Opens Strong For UKTV’s Watch Channel

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Like Alcatraz before it, J.J. Abrams’ latest drama series Believe has proved to be a hit for UKTV’s flagship entertainment channel Watch.

The opening episode of the NBC drama series managed a strong overnight audience of 0.31 million viewers. While that is down on what the Alcatraz series premiere on Watch managed in 2012 (0.5 million viewers), it was nevertheless up some 82% on the slot-average. The aforementioned Alcatraz still holds the record as UKTV’s highest ever rated US import with the first episode consolidating to a whopping 1.6 million viewers.

Created by Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Friedman and executive produced by Abrams, Believe follows Bo, a young girl with a gift; and Tate, a man who is about to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Sprung from prison, Tate is tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. The drama series is produced by Warner Bros. Television & Bad Robot Productions and stars Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Johnny Sequoyah, Sienna Guillory, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung and Arian Moayed.