19 March 2013 4:53 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

A&E reports that 4.6 million viewers checked the series premiere of its Psycho prequel Bates Motel.

Monday’s debut episode also had 2.4 million adults 18-49, making it the network’s highest-rated drama series premiere ever in the adult demo. “Bates Motel represents the very best of quality storytelling with an incredible cast led by Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore,” said Bob DeBitetto, President and Gm of A&E. “We are extremely pleased with the initial viewer response to this edgy and provocative series and are confident that it will continue to draw in new audiences.” The show also had generally positive reviews from critics. »


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