Lifetime Television’s “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story” gave the cabler its best rating ever with a 7.9 in cable homes, according to Nielsen.

The movie, which premiered Sept. 4, not only was Lifetime’s best but also is the second-highest rated movie in basic cable history behind USA Network’s “China Lake Murders,” which posted an 8.4 in January 1990.

Also scoring high for Lifetime was docu “Intimate Portrait: Jessica Savitch” about the ill-fated news anchor, which scored a 7.6 rating. “Intimate Portrait” is set to become a weekly series for Lifetime in 1996.

Lifetime’s ratings in the nation’s 62.6 million cable homes also gave the broadcast networks a run for the money. “Almost Golden” and “Intimate Portrait” combined to beat NBC and Fox from 8-11 p.m. on Sept.4 and tied CBS, which posted a 7.8 rating.

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