‘Skins,’ ‘Being Human’ Remakes Score Record-Breaking Launches

The cast of MTV's 'Skins'

Guess all of the promos worked: MTV’s Skins, the U.S. remake of the British teen drama seen on BBC America, has proven a huge ratings success for the channel. In its first airing on Monday (January 17), it received a stunning 3.26 million viewers and garnered the largest audience in the core 12-34 demographic for any series premiere in MTV’s history. The Skins premiere actually drew more viewers in that demo than the launches of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars as well as CW’s Gossip Girl, 90210, and The Vampire Diaries.

Meanwhile, the launch of the U.S. remake of Being Human on Syfy scored 1.96 million viewers and was that channel’s biggest winter series premiere in six years.

There’s a great appetite for remakes of British shows right now: just a couple of weeks ago, Showtime’s adaptation of the British dramedy Shameless provided the premium channel with its largest drama premiere numbers in 7 years.

Did you watch any of these shows? What did you think?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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