‘Bates Motel’ Scares Up Record-Breaking Ratings

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bates motel Bates Motel Scares Up Record Breaking Ratings

Prequel tales which examine the backstory of an iconic character are always a gamble, and Bates Motel is no different. The series has the unenviable task of delivering the suspenseful tale of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) – the titular character of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho - and his inevitable descent into madness. But in a world where everyone knows the show’s connection to one of the most suspenseful and celebrated films of all time, can Bates Motel create a compelling experience for viewers?

A&E certainly put together a promising team – with Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) serving as showrunners – and rolled the dice. The much talked about series premiere started things off in an intriguing way and featured a particularly strong performance from Vera Farmiga as Norman’s doomed mother. Still, the series needs room to grow, and if its ratings are any indication, it might very well get the chance to do so.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bates Motel lured in 3 million viewers on Monday night. Those numbers don’t surpass the 4.1 million who tuned in for last year’s debut of crime drama Longmire. However, Bates Motel did bring in record-high viewers among adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, pulling in 1.6 million viewers in each demographic.

psycho Bates Motel Scares Up Record Breaking Ratings

Overall, 4.6 million total viewers tuned in to the show throughout the night, including 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.4 million adults 18-49. Contrastly, the Longmire premiere brought in 1.4 million adults 25-54 and a 0.8 rating for adults 18-49.

Initial ratings for Bates Motel therefore indicate that the series has far broader appeal than A&E’s typical programming. Whether or not that momentum can be maintained over the entire run remains to be seen, though the network has already ordered a full 10 episodes for season 1.

Whatever the fate of Bates Motel, it will be interesting to see if the show holds on to its audience, and if fellow prequel series Hannibal will manage to make as strong a first impression.

Did you watch the series premiere of Bates Motel, and if so, are you planning to stick around for subsequent episodes? Let us know in the comments.

Bates Motel airs Mondays @10pm on A&E.


Source: THR

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  1. I saw the whole series on netflix. I fell in love with the show! it’s actually quiet said that Norma can’t get a break from the craziness lol but I love the suspense of the show I’m hooked and I look forward to season 2

  2. Great storytelling! One of the best series on tv. Love this show, I’ve been hooked since the very first episode. I couldn’t wait for season 2. I really hope it stays on air and develops all the characters. The suspense has me looking forward to Monday evenings.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! It is so different most of the shows that are out there now. The suspense is there, the characters are amazing, and I am so hooked that I will stop whatever I am doing to watch this show. I believe that there are so many people who do not know about this show and that is also probably why the ratings are not through the roof! I am already praying that they will have a season 3! Great job by Norma and Norman, and of course the handsome Dylan..

  4. yes, yes, yes…..love, love, love the show!

  5. Been watching from the start. Could have been a great show. Somehow the writers took a wrong turn. Maybe they are trying to stretch parts of the story. But the show is definately lame now. Even the makeup is lame, every female has vampire looking black eyes. Sheesh. It’s an adult show, give us some quality writing. There are TOO MANY STORIES being covered and all are unbelievable. Lame, lame, lame.

  6. I absolutely love the series. I am a real die hard “Psycho” fan and have watched every follow up movie, TV movie, ever done on the Alfred Hitchcock film. This is the
    1st series that I really love and value as a credible follow-up to the movie. The character of Norma Bates is wonderful. The actress is actually likable at this point in the series. Norman is also a terrific character, as well as likeable before he goes onto
    a bumpy path to madness. Of course the sets and that “house” and “motel” are perfect
    duplicates and do justice to the Hitchcock masterpiece. The other characters, such as
    the brother, and his father, are interesting, but the madness is starting to show itself, as this week Norma comments how it is really just “the two of us”, referring to
    her and Norman. It will be interesting to see where it all goes. Does Norma really convince Norman to get rid of his “theater craft” girlfriend? I would love to see the
    series actually make history by successfully leading seamlessly into the part of the story that claims the life of Norma Bates and Norman begins the process of preserving
    her body and dressing up in her clothes and a wig. That would be really amazing. I really hope to see that.

  7. Excellent script, first class cast. You never know what comes next. I rate this show 5 Stars and can think of no way to improve it.

  8. I love bates motel, it made me cry to see norman in the box. I was so happy dylan found him. I look forward to the next season of this series. Very pround of the character of norman, will be a graduate of cambrige.. also, olivia cook is british.she is a good actress like norman. Congratulation to all for agreat presentation.


  9. I’m from the Psycho era – tony perkins and janet leigh – however these 2 performers did the story justice – both compelling in their parts – two very talented and capable performers who pull it off making the viewer anxious for the next chapter – bravo -