Despite the tragic passing of series star Lee Thompson Young, the opening episode of the fourth season of Rizzoli & Isles proved to be a hit with UK audiences. The season 4 premiere, which originally aired on the UKTV owned and operated Alibi channel on August 22nd, drew a consolidated audience of 582K viewers, building on the initial overnight audience of 288K viewers by 102%. That is considerably up on the slot average and represents year-to-year growth of 133K viewers or roughly 30% on the figures for the season 3 premiere (449K viewers). The figures for the season 4 premiere also represent a new series high for Alibi, ranking as the most watched episode of Rizzoli & Isles on Alibi since the series launched in 2011.
Meanwhile, over on Channel 5 the CBS drama series Under The Dome got off to a solid start. The series premiere, which initially aired on Monday August 19th, drew a consolidated audience of 2.98 million viewers. That is a gain of almost one million viewers on the initial overnight figure of 2.03 million viewers. With those numbers, Under The Dome ranks as the highest rated US premiere on Channel 5 since Dallas and its 3.8 million viewers in September 2012.
Saving Hope over on UKTV’s Watch channel once again scored a rare success and managed to build its audience for the second week in a row. The third episode of the show’s first season, which originally aired on August 21st, drew an audience of 202K viewers. That is up some 28K viewers or 16% on the 174K viewers who tuned into episode two and up by 52K viewers or 35% on the 150K viewers who watched the series premiere on August 7th. That is up on the slot average and, with the season-to-date average of 0.18 million viewers, ranks as the channel’s fourth highest rated North American scripted import behind Grimm, Perception and Beauty and The Beast.