‘Door’ opens to record aud

TNT pic beats b'casters in metered markets

NEW YORK — “Door to Door,” starring William H. Macy as a salesman with cerebral palsy, scored one of the highest Nielsens for an original movie in cable history Sunday night at 8 on TNT. Its 6.6 rating in cable homes in metered markets beat all six of the broadcast networks for the two-hour time period.

TNT researchers were scratching their heads trying to remember the last time a cabler finished ahead of each of the broadcast nets on a given night in primetime.

The magnitude of the audience’s involvement in the movie showed up right after the closing credits, which displayed the Web site of the real-life salesman, Bill Porter. So many people tried to access the site that it crashed. (www.billporter.com)

Another cable program under the industry microscope, the two-hour premiere of USA Network’s comedy/mystery series “Monk” on Friday at 9 p.m., also chalked up powerhouse numbers last week, averaging a 3.5 rating in cable homes. That figure translated into 4.8 million viewers, making it the highest-rated show on basic cable for the night.

USA was particularly boasting about the 2.4 rating in adults 25-54 and the 2.0 in adults 18-49 for the series, which stars Tony Shalhoub as an obsessive-compulsive detective beset with fears of germs, heights and crowds.

Another USA weekly series, “The Dead Zone,” also is off to a strong start on Sunday night, averaging better than a 3 rating in cable homes throughout its first four weeks.

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