Sluggish launch for Gravity

The domestic sci-fi series plays better at home than in the US.

Defying Gravity seems to have its work cut out for it, following a less-than-stellar debut on Sunday.

The BC-made sci-fi series drew disappointing numbers in the US, where its first episode ran in simulcast on ABC to a reported 3.7 million viewers, making it one of the lowest-rated debuts in the States this summer.

The show placed second in its time slots, behind re-runs of The Simpsons and Family Guy on Fox at 9 pm and a re-run of CBS’s Without a Trace at 10 pm, respectively.

Closer to home, where the series’ debut lined up with the August holiday weekend, the numbers were relatively better. Defying Gravity‘s bow on both CTV and its secondary A network netted a combined 783,000 (2+) and reached 2.5 million viewers, according to BBM NMR. Individual ratings for each network are not available, however, an no one at CTV was available for comment on how the numbers measure up against expectations for the series, which will settle into its regular time slot this Sunday at 10 pm.

From Playback Daily