Three American remakes of British T.V. cult hits have done big business for their respective cable networks.
MTV’s “Skins” pilot episode airing on Monday pulled in a whopping 3.26 million viewers and garnered the largest audience in the core 12-34 demographic (2.7 million viewers) for any series premiere in MTV’s history. In fact its demo audience rating was larger than that of the pilots of other teen-oriented major network hits including “The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl” and “Pretty Little Liars”.
Syfy’s take on “Being Human” scored 1.961 million viewers and was the channel’s biggest winter series premiere in six years.
Finally, the premiere the other week of Showtime’s adaptation of “Shameless” gave the premium channel its largest drama premiere numbers in seven years with 1.3 million viewers. Its previous topper was the pilot of “Dead Like Me” with 1.11 million.
The original UK version of “Shameless” is currently in the middle of its eighth season, while the original “Being Human” and “Skins” will have their third and fifth season premieres respectively next week.