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, …
Amidst controversy, Lifetime’s original movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy debuted last night with solid though unspectacular 2.8 million viewers. That was up 5% over the 2010-11 Lifetime original movie average but down from Lifetime’s first original movie of the year, The Craigslist Killer, which drew 5.4 million viewers last month, 2.7 million of them in the 25-54 demographic. (Amanda Knox‘s 25-54 tally was 1.4 million. The hour-long documentary, Beyond the Headlines: The Amanda Knox Story, which immediately followed the movie, drew 1.9 million viewers vs. 3.7 million for docu Beyond the Headlines: Catching the Craigslist Killer, which followed the Craigslist Killer movie. The Amanda Knox movie, which chronicles the trial against U.S. student Amanda Knox (Hayden Panettiere) who, along with her boyfriend, was found guilty in the murder of her roommate in the Italian town of Perugia, was a hit online, driving the most Web traffic ever for a Lifetime movie.
CABLE RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Hits Series Highs In Return, Lifetime’s ‘Craigslist Killer’ Does Well
UPDATED: ABC Family’s drama Pretty Little Liars has moved from a ‘promising newcomer’ to ‘bona fide hit’ status. Last night’s winter premiere of the show drew 4.2 million viewers, posting series highs in total viewers as well as all key demographics: adults 18-34 (1.4 million), adults 18-49 (1.9 million), women 18-49 (1.6 million) and people 12-34 (2.9 million). Vs. the series premiere last summer, last night’s winter debut was up by almost 2 million viewers (4.2 million vs. 2.5 million), 67% in adults 18-34, 72% in adults 18-49 and 70% in people 12-34. It was ABC Family’s No.2 telecast ever in women 18-34 (1.2 million) and females 12-34 (2.5 million). ABC Family’s other premiere last night was of Greek, whose fourth season debut followed Liars and averaged 1.2 million viewers. That was on par with the show’s winter Season 3 premiere last January but Greek squandered most of its lead-in, holding onto 28% of the Liars audience.
Meanwhile, Lifetime’s original movie The Craigslist Killer drew 5.4 million viewers last night, 2.7 million of them in the 25-54 demographic. It was up triple digits from Lifetime’s 2010 original movie average. The documentary Beyond the Headlines: Catching the Craigslist Killer, which following the movie, drew 3.7 million viewers.
CABLE RATINGS RAT RACE: 8 Mil Watch ‘Camp Rock 2′, Another Record For ‘Jersey Shore’ & Season High For ‘Project Runway’
Last night’s premiere of Disney Channel’s Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam drew some 8 million total viewers to rank as the year’s most watched cable movie and TV’s top Friday telecast in nearly 6 months in total viewers. The sequel’s audience was down slightly from the 8.9 million averaged by the first Camp Rock movie. For comparison, Disney Channel’s High School Musical 2 (17.2 million) nearly doubled the audience of the original HSM TV movie (7.7 million).
Over at MTV, Jersey Shore broke series records for a fourth straight week on Thursday, averaging 6.5 million viewers and a 6.5 rating in persons 12-34. This was MTV’s highest rated series telecast in over eight years – since The Osbournes in May 2002.
Also on Thursday, episode 6 of Lifetime’s Project Runway’s eighth season surpassed four million total viewers (4,002,000) and two million Adults 25-54 viewers (2,160,000) to post the reality series’ highest marks since the Season 6 finale last November.
RATINGS RAT RACE: TNT’s ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Continues To Impress, Jennifer Love Hewitt Movie Does Solid Business For Lifetime
In its second airing last night, TNT’s new drama series Rizzoli & Isles drew a big 7.3 million viewers, dropping only 4% from its record-setting debut last week. What’s more, the crime procedural starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander built on its Closer lead-in in total viewers (7.0 million). Last week, Rizzoli averaged 7.6 million viewers to Closer‘s 7.7 million. Just like last week, Rizzoli outperformed Closer in all key demos, including adults 18-49, in which the new series averaged 2.0 million viewers least night. Meanwhile, Closer continues to track higher than last season, with Episode 2 up 8% vs. last year.
Over at Lifetime, the original movie The Client List starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a mom-turned-prostitute averaged 3.9 million in its premiere last night, 1.9 million of them in the 18-49 demographic, to rank as the second most-watched cable movie this year.
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