After registering marginal growth in its second week, Syfy UK’s Dark Matter slipped slightly in the ratings with its third episode.
The third outing of the sci-fi series, which originally aired on Monday June 29th, pulled in an average consolidated audience of 359K viewers. That is down by some 34K viewers or 9% on the 393K viewers who watched the previous episode. It is also down slightly on the 376K who tuned into the series premiere last month.
Even so, just shy of 360K viewers is a big rating for Syfy UK and is several hundred per cent above the channel’s 12 month slot-average. Though the figures are slightly skewed at this stage, Dark Matter has been averaging an audience of 376K viewers, placing it on track to become the channel’s currently highest rated series. Presently that record is held by The Librarians, which, similarly, averaged just shy of 400K viewers across its debut season.
Syfy UK’s other big ticket first run drama Defiance, meanwhile, posted some not insignificant gains. The second episode of the show’s third season managed some 157K viewers. That represents a week-to-week gain of around 50K viewers or 50% on the audience for the season three premiere, which TVWise noted at the time was down significantly from the 225K viewers who watched the season 2 debut.