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‘Witch,’ ‘Water’ wow cable ratings

Comic book series sets summer cable record with bow

This article was corrected on June 14, 2001.

Tuesday night was a good night for basic cable, with both TNT and USA having reasons to boast.

The Tuesday premiere of “Witchblade,” TNT’s latest original series, harvested a 2.7 rating in cable homes, nearly 60% higher than TNT’s year-to-date primetime average (1.7). The debut episode outdelivered TNT’s primetime adults 18-49 average by 62% with 1.6 million viewers in the ad-friendly demo.

Meanwhile, the same night, the network TV premiere of “The Waterboy” on USA Network delivered a 5.1 rating, according to Nielsen numbers.

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