Skein joins 'Monk,' 'Dead Zone' as cabler heavy-hitter

The USA Network may have lassoed a third hit series by way of the Western drama “Peacemakers.”

Frontier-set forensic oater wrangled a robust 5.2 million total viewers, a basic-cable bow second only to USA’s “The Dead Zone” (6.4 million). “Peacemakers” upped cabler’s week-to-week Wednesday ratings 56% in 18-49 and 135% in 25-54.

Ninety-minute episode left its cable competish in the dust, easily winning its 9 p.m. timeslot in viewers and key demos.

“Summer competition is steep, so I’m glad this many people came to the party,” USA programming exec VP Jeff Wachtel said. “Peacemakers” delivered 40% more total viewers than the hotshot bow of FX’s “Nip/Tuck.”

And while the show fell short of “Dead Zone” premiere tally, it surpassed last year’s two-hour debut of USA’s other signature skein “Monk” (4.76 million).

Additionally, show lands the general entertainment cabler its third original series to lodge itself among the top five all-time basic-cable bows. “Dead Zone” retains the record in households, adults 18-49 and total viewers.

“I was happy when we were two for two,” Wachtel said. “You can’t ask for more.”

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