'Bates Motel' premiere ratings hit scripted highs for A&E

The series premiere of "Bates Motel" got off to a solid start last night on A&E, with 4.6 million total viewers over multiple airings including 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.4 million adults 18-49.The official 10 p.m. premiere airing drew 3 million total viewers and 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 25-54. That makes "Bates Motel" A&E's most-watched original drama series debut in the network's key 18-49 and 25-54 demos.While the premiere's total viewers are lower than the network's scripted success "Longmire" -- which routinely drew around 4 million viewers throughout its first season -- "Bates" had a stronger performance in the key demos. A&E will give "Bates" an additional boost this week by airing an encore of the premiere after new episodes of breakout reality hit "Duck Dynasty.""'Bates Motel' represents the very best of quality storytelling with an incredible cast led by Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore," A&E president Bob DeBitetto said in a statement....

'Bates Motel' Premiere Garners 3.0 Million Viewers on A&E

The premiere of A&E Network’s new original scripted drama series, “Bates Motel,” was watched by 4.6 million total viewers, 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.4 million adults 18-49 on premiere night.

Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore on Playing Young Norman and the Show’s Dark Humor

Freddie Highmore has grown up before our eyes. He starred opposite Johnny Depp twice, first in his breakthrough role in Finding Neverland and later as Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , and then he played a young music prodigy in the sentimental tearjerker August Rush . A few years ago, while beginning his studies in both Arabic and Spanish at Cambridge, he filmed the 2011 Sundance entry The Art of Getting By (formerly Homework ) opposite Emma Roberts, a performance that caught the eye of Vera Farmiga , with whom he currently stars in A&E’s Bates Motel (premiering tonight at ten). Vulture recently chatted with Highmore, who just turned 21, about playing a young Norman Bates, filming atop an old dump in Vancouver, and why the comparisons to Twin Peaks are exactly right. (Minor spoilers about the pilot within!) Read More...

A&E's 'Bates Motel' delves into the past of a 'Psycho' killer

In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho," embezzling secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is on her way from Phoenix to her boyfriend's California home when a pounding rainstorm forces her to take shelter in the dilapidated Bates Motel, run by the apparently shy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).Unfortunately for Marion, Norman suffers from a split personality, one a browbeaten son and the other the domineering mother he killed, who comes to life in her son and goes on a murderous rampage.So do we just blame Mom for Norman's crime -- or is there more to the story?On Monday, March 18, A&E Network premieres the first season of "Bates Motel," a psychological thriller that delves into Norman's past while also updating the story to the present day.Executive produced by Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights"), it stars British actor Freddie Highmore ("Finding Neverland," "August Rush") as 17-year-old Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga ("Safe House,"...

Series Premiere 2013: Bates Motel Episode 1 “First You Dream, Then You Die”

Check out first episodic photos of the new A&E series Bates Motel Episode 1 “First You Dream, Then You Die” which premieres Monday, March 18 at 10 PM ET/PT. The series stars Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates. Episode Synopsis: Bates Motel (A&E) Episode 1 “First You Dream, Then You Die” – READ MORE...

'Bates Motel' producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on bringing 'Psycho' into the present

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall interviews "Bates Motel" producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin about their new A&E drama, about the teenage years of Norman Bates, the infamous killer from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."