Breakout Kings completed its Cinderella story with a record debut on A&E. The show, which was rescued by A&E after Fox passed on the pilot in May, drew the highest demo numbers for an A&E drama series, 1.5 million adults 18-49 and 1.6 million adults 25-54. That was up 25% in adults 18-49 and 14% in adults 25-54 from the previous network record holder, the July 2010 debut of the network’s The Glades. In 18-49, Breakout Kings outperformed recent cable scripted premieres, including that of USA’s Fairly Legal. In total viewers, Breakout Kings drew 2.8 million, short of The Glades‘ record of 3.6 million. “Breakout Kings is a smart, action-packed drama with great storytelling and authentic well-drawn characters,” said Bob DeBitetto, …
At TCA this morning, AMC and A&E announced premiere dates for their upcoming new original scripted series.
AMC’s The Killing, a crime thriller from writer/executive producer/showrunner Veena Sud, which is based on the successful Danish series Forbrydelsen, will debut on April 3 in the Sunday 10 PM time slot. Mireille Enos (Big Love) is stars in the series from Fox TV Studios. AMC also announced that production on the delayed Season 4 of Breaking Bad will begin next Thursday.
A&E’s Breakout Kings will make its debut in the same Sunday 10 PM but a couple of weeks earlier, on March 13. The series, from Prison Break‘s Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora and Chernin Entertainment/Fox21, is an action ensemble drama about the partnership between the U.S. Marshals’ office and a group of convicts. The project, originally developed for Fox, landed at A&E after Fox passed on the pilot.
Below is the first teaser for the new A&E drama series Breakout Kings, premiering during the season finale of The Glades this Sunday. Breakout Kings was passed over by fox and then beat the odds and found a second life on A&E, which picked it up with a 13-episode order. The show about a team of U.S. marshals and a group of convicts who race against the clock to apprehend escaped prisoners, was created by Prison Break alums Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora, a connection that is played up in the promo. Laz Alonso, Domenick Lombardozzi, Malcolm Goodwin, Jimmi Simpson, Serinda Swan and Brooke Nevin star; Fox21 and Chernin Entertainment produce.