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'Dallas' Posts Highest Premiere for Cable Channel This Year

June 15, 2012 (6:28 am) GMT
With almost 7 million viewers tuning in the first episode of the revived series, TNT scores a chart-topping series launch for the third consecutive year.

"" debuted high on Wednesday, June 13, drawing 6.9 million viewers during the airing of its two-hour premiere. The number marks the No. 1 scripted series premiere on all cable channel for the year-to-date.

With such feat, TNT has scored a chart-topping series launch for three consecutive years. The network did so in 2010 with "" (7.6 million) and in 2011 with "" (5.9 million). The title of the most-watched series debut on TNT still belongs to "" which lured in 7.7 million viewers in 2008.

The drama series, which is a continuation of the original series of the same name that aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991, drew 1.9 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 demo. Meanwhile, 2.5 million viewers were adults aged 25-54.

For comparison, "Rizzoli & Isles" appealed to 2.1 million adults aged 18-49 during its premiere, while "Falling Skies" attracted 2.6 million viewers in the demo when it debuted last summer.

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