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Big Premiere Night For 'Defiance'

New Syfy show brings in just under 3 million viewers Monday

There is something to celebrate at the Syfy corporate offices ... at least for now.

"Defiance," the cable channel's high-priced alien frontier epic earned Syfy's biggest audience in years Monday, pulling in more than 2.7 million viewers, including more than half from the coveted adults 25-54 advertising demographic.

Its the biggest audience for Syfy since the premiere of "Warehouse 13" in 2009, and had the largest number of viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 since the 2006 premiere of "Eureka," according to Syfy. While it's not "Battlestar Galactica" miniseries numbers, it is more than enough to consider this a very successful launch for the show.

Of course, that all depends on how many people return for its regular timeslot next Monday.

Set in a frontier town on the site of what was once St. Louis, "Defiance" brings together more than a half-dozen aliens as well as the surviving humans trying to pick up the pieces after a long war that saw the destruction of Earth. It stars Grant Bowler as Jeb Nolan, a scavenger who seeks out Arkfalls -- pieces of the Votan ships that crash to Earth from their orbital graveyard -- who finds himself back on his old stomping grounds, a town named Defiance.

There viewers get to experience the political struggles between the likes of alien gangster Datak Tarr (Tony Curran) and human mining magnate Rafe McCrawley (Graham Greene), all trying to be held together by Mayor Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz).

Along with the show comes a new massive multiplayer online game called "Defiance" from Trion Worlds, which has already logged more ethan 6 million hours of game play since its launch on April 2.

"Defiance" fans also proved themselves to be strong in social networks. It is already outperforming other big-wig cable shows like HBO's "Game of Thrones," TNT's "Falling Skies" and MTV's "Teen Wolf," according to Syfy. It's also popping up in more than 55 countries over the next two days, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France.

"Defiance" moves to 9 p.m. April 22, and will then be twin-billed with the popular "Warehouse 13" when that show returns on April 29.

The series also stars Stephanie Leonidas, Jaime Murray and Mia Kirshner.

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