2nd UPDATE: Two remakes of British series were off to a promising start last night. The series premiere of MTV’s Skins averaged 3.3 million viewers, 2.7 million of them (3.4 rating) in the 12-34 demographic. Skins, which aired at 10 PM, drew the most 12-34 viewers for a series launch on MTV ever and a higher 12-34 rating than the premieres of such young-skewing scripted series as ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars (2.2 rating) and The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2.3 rating). But then they didn’t have the hottest cable reality show as a lead-in. Skins, a remake of the popular British series, followed a special original Jersey Shore, which logged 7.7 million viewers and a 7.6 rating in persons 12-34. Next on the scripted side for MTV is the return of comedy The Hard Times of RJ Berger and the premiere of Teen Wolf.
Meanwhile, the debut of Syfy’s Being Human averaged 2 million viewers at 9 PM. That was lower than Syfy’s established series (for example, Eureka‘s recent Season 4 premiere logged 2.5 million viewers). But was better than the debut of Caprica (1.6 million) last January. In fact, this was Syfy’s most watched winter scripted series launch since 2005, the network said. Syfy also touted the female appeal of the British series’ reboot. Of the 1 million Adults 18-49 that tuned in, 58% (582,000) were women – the highest percentage of female viewers ever for a Syfy original scripted series telecast. Some have questioned Syfy’s decision to schedule Being Human against another genre series, The Cape, on sister network NBC.
In other ratings news, it was a solid farewell for Disney Channel’s hit comedy Hannah Montana, which wrapped its four-season run on Sunday with 6.2 million viewers. The series finale was the second most watched episode of the Miley Cyrus starrer this season, which set a record for the franchise with a Season 4 average of 5.7 million viewers. The Hannah Montana finale posted Disney Channel’s highest ratings ever in the 7 PM hour in total viewers and kids 6-11.