Robot Combat League came out swinging last night for Syfy. The 10 PM premiere of the mechanically inclined competition series Wednesday pulled in 1.3 million viewers for the network. While not as high as the 1.7 million the make-up artist series Face-Off averaged on Syfy in its most recent season, that’s a steel solid number for an unscripted show on the network. The tournament-style robot battle show’s 748,000 viewers Wednesday in the Adult 18-49 demo scored even better. That result for the Chris Jericho hosted series is a more than two-year unscripted premiere high for NBCUniversal owned network. The Face-Off premiere on January 26, 2011 got 896,000 in the demo. Last night’s Robot Combat League also garnered 200,000 views pre-premiere on multiple platforms including Syfy.com, VOD, Xbox 360, Roku and Hulu. Robot Combat League is produced by Smart Dog Media.
The network has set a 10 PM February 26 premiere date for Robot Combat League, a reality series that will showcase tournament-style battles between 8-foot humaniod robots. WWE wrestler Chris Jericho will host the show that will feature 12 teams consisting of a unique robot, a fighter controlling them with a suit that translates their movements to the machines, and a robotics engineer. Winners of each week’s fight move on to the next round. The robots are designed and created by Mark Setrakain, who has worked on creature effects on movies like Men In Black, The Grinch and Hellboy. Smart Dog Media is producing the Syfy series, with Craig Plestis serving as executive producer.