"Defiance" hit it big in the ratings for Syfy. The new series had 2.7 million viewers total and 1.3 million adults in the key 18-49 demographic.
"Defiance's" ratings in the 18-49 demo are the best a Syfy premiere has brought in since "Eureka" premiered in 2006. The "Defiance" premiere also had the highest total viewers of any Syfy premiere since "Warehouse 13" in 2009.
"Defiance," which stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner, has earned critical praise as well.
"This show isn't reinventing the wheel, but good character dramas with solid sci-fi credentials are scarcer than they should be, and I can't help but be grateful this show exists at all," The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan said of "Defiance," which has "Desperate Housewives" and "Caprica" veteran Kevin Murphy at its helm. Other executive producers include Michael Taylor (“Battlestar Galactica") and Rockne O’Bannon (“Farscape”).
"Defiance" airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.