Ascension isn’t good television. Ascension is great television. It’s one of those rare examples of what happens when everything is done right.
And it’s official – you love Ascension, Syfy’s amazingly detailed and ambitious drama about a group of 600 people living inside a gigantic spaceship. Not only did almost 2 million viewers tune in, with nearly 800 thousand being in that coveted 18-49 demo, but it also created a social media explosion rivaling the very nuclear bombs that propel it. On Twitter, which has pretty much become Earth’s gauge of everything’s popularity, Ascension got Syfy’s highest number of tweets falling behind only the 2013 premiere of Defiance.
If you watched the premiere, be sure to tune in for parts II and III on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Oh, and tell your friends to tune in, too, so they’re not left behind when Ascension becomes a full series (something that has yet to be announced, but it would be a crime if it doesn’t). If you didn’t watch the premiere, it’s not too late to jump on-board. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.
Read the full Syfy press release right here:
SYFY’S ASCENSION TAKES OFF DURING FIRST NIGHT PREMIERE, TRANSPORTING 1.8 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS INCLUDING 882K ADULTS 25-54 AND 772K ADULTS 18-49
LIMITED EVENT SERIES CONTINUES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 AT 9PM
NEW YORK – December 16, 2014 – Syfy’s limited event series Ascension soared during its first night premiere, taking 1.8 million viewers aboard ship including 882K Adults 25-54 and 772 Adults 18-49 on Monday, December 15 from 9-10:25PM (ET/PT).
Syfy boasts three of the top 10 ad supported cable scripted series launches among Adults 25-54 this year – Ascension, Dominion and Helix.
Socially, Ascension achieved Syfy’s highest number of tweets for a scripted series premiere behind only the 2013 season one debut of Defiance.
Ascension continues Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17, both nights at 9PM (ET/PT).
Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960s that sent 600 men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Halfway into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.
The series stars Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron Gault, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town, The Bridge) as the eponymous ship’s captain William Denninger and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Viondra Denniger, the Captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).
Ascension also stars Al Sapienza as Councilman Rose, Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter Nora Bryce, PJ Boudousque as Nora’s love interest James Toback, Ryan Robbins as Safety Officer (and Emily’s husband) Duke Vanderhaus and Gil Bellows as Harris Enzmann, the son of the Ascension mission’s founder.
Ascension is created by executive producer and showrunner Philip Levens (Smallville) and executive produced by Jason Blum (The Normal Heart, Stranded, The River, film franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge) along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea To Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.
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Ascension – Part II airs Tuesday, December 16 at 9/8c on Syfy
Ascensin – Part III airs Wednesday, December 17 at 9/8c on Syfy