Defiance Premiere Draws Huge Ratings for Syfy

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Defiance is off to an extremely strong start on Syfy.

The drama, which debuted last night, garnered 2.7 million overall viewers and 1.3 million among adults 18-49 for its two-hour pilot, becoming the channel's most-watched scripted episode in the latter demographic since the 2006 opener of Eureka.

And its most watched premiere in general since Warehouse 13 in 2009.

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That anybody thinks "Defiance" is a good show is a testament to how little decent sci-fi programming there has been on any network as well as to the low quality of SyFy's original series aside from BSG and SGU.


To SyFy »»» The audience is out there!! Just give us REAL sci-fi shows!

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Defiance Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Tommy: [To Nolan] Come on, give me your wrists.
Nolan: You took too long, I got bored [handing Tommy the handcuffs]

Garrett: Tommy, I told you to watch him, not cuff him.
Tommy: He was armed.
Garrett: Now he's unarmed. See that patch on his shoulder? If he really wanted to hurt you, those cuffs wouldn't stop him.