“Alienist,” “Waco” Score Strong Debuts

Two of the most high profile original series debuts in January have launched to excellent numbers.

TNT’s limited series “The Alienist” stars Dakota Fanning, Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans who are on the hunt for a serial killer slaughtering boy prostitutes in 1896 New York City.

It launched last Monday to 3.1 million total viewers in Live+3 viewing, including nearly 1 million viewers 18-49, and a cumulative 13.1 million viewers in telecasts last week with nearly half those viewers new to the network.

The first episode also generated more than 4 million total minutes watched on TNT’s apps and sites, and sparked more than 10 million social engagements. Longer projections for coming weeks suggest it will be the network’s most successful launch since 2012.

Meanwhile, the Paramount Network, the recently rebranded Spike TV, has shown vast improvements in ratings across the board under its new moniker. Its first high profile series, limited run “Waco” starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon in the story of the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff with the federal government.

“Waco” launched on Wednesday and had the best-rated drama series bow on ad-supported basic cable since August with the first episode pulling in 1.9 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating.

Source: TV Line