John Wells’ (ER, THE WEST WING) new cop drama SOUTHLAND was all business Thursday night at 10 p.m. when 1.34 million viewers tuned in to the series premiere on CTV, winning the timeslot and ranking the series #3 for the night. The highly-anticipated addition to television’s biggest night bested the series premiere of HARPER’S ISLAND on Global by 50% (893,000). Growing in its second half-hour, SOUTHLAND also won all key selling demos at 10 p.m. (A18-34, +44%; A18-49, +47% and A25-54, +45%) and was the top performer with A25-54 in Toronto & Vancouver. The largest new drama series debut this year since FRINGE, SOUTHLAND was the third most-watched program of the night, following CSI on CTV (2.27 million) and SURVIVIOR on Global (1.57 million).
SOUTHLAND is a raw, gritty, and authentic look at a police unit in downtown Los Angeles.
In the second episode, “Mozambique” (Thursday, April 16 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV), officers John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie), and Chickie Brown (Arija Bareikis) rescue a baby girl found crawling across the middle of an L.A. intersection and begin the hunt for her mother. Detectives Lydia Adams (Regina King) and Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott) examine the scene looking for clues, and soon Lydia finds herself affected by the search – taking a personal interest in reuniting the baby with its mother.
Meanwhile, officers Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) and Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) are unable to find the financial resources to put a juvenile key witness in police protection after an attempt on her life and must now convince the DA to place her in a student police program. And back at the station, everyone gathers for a retirement party for Dewey (guest star C. Thomas Howell).
SOUTHLAND also airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo!