Flying monkeys swooped down and led the TBS Superstation to basic cable’s largest theatrical audience every, with Sunday’s network premiere of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The movie drew a 6.4 household rating, delivering more than 5 million households with the cablecast. Pic’s bow was the first on cable after an extended run on CBS. Its performance beat that of “The American President,” which debuted last year on TBS and delivered 4.9 million homes to become the top-rated basic cable theatrical of all time.
So far this season, TBS claims eight of basic cable’s 10 highest-rated films. In October, the web’s airing of “Pretty Woman” earned a 6.1 rating. Other TNT cablecasts to make the list include “Michael” with a 5.5 and “Striptease” with a 5.3.
“Oz” helped the Superstation finish the week in first in primetime ratings and first in the key adults 18-49 demographic for both primetime and total day.