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.