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BBC America's First Original Drama, 'Copper,' Becomes the Channel's Highest-Rated Series Premiere Ever

Press release from BBC America:

New York -- August 21, 2012 -- BBC America’s first original scripted series, “Copper,” which premiered on Sunday, August 19, has become the channel’s highest-rated series premiere ever. “Copper” delivered 1.8 million viewers in total audience.

In its 10 p.m. premiere, “Copper” attracted 1.1 million total viewers and delivered over half a million in A25-54.

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America, commented: “This is a great result for BBC America, as our distribution continues to grow -- now approaching 80 million homes. The response to ‘Copper’ has been tremendous and we’re off to a promising start.”

In addition, BBCAmerica.com attracted its highest ever traffic with nearly a quarter of a million unique visitors on Sunday, August 19.

From executive producers Academy Award® winner Barry Levinson, Emmy® winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award® nominee Will Rokos and Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne, the drama series follows Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5) -- a rugged Irish immigrant cop -- as he seeks justice for the powerless in 1864 New York City. In the second episode premiering Sunday, August 26, 10 p.m. ET, Detective Corcoran struggles to find a safe haven for a young girl in danger while trying to bring her sister’s killer to justice. In the mansions of uptown New York, a scheme is hatched to purchase the entire Five Points.

“Copper” is a Cineflix (Copper) Inc. production in association with BBC America. “Copper” is created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos. Executive producers include Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Will Rokos, Christina Wayne, Jim Finnerty, Sherri Rufh, Sam Berliner, Sally Catto and Katherine Buck.