TNT sees solid Monday night with 'The Grid'

USA’s sci fi juggernaut “The 4400″ continued to reel in viewers Sunday, while HBO’s comedy half-hour “Entourage” had a tough time finding a following.

Meanwhile, the first chapter of terrorism drama “The Grid” powered a solid Monday night for TNT, averaging 4.3 million viewers.

Second episode of “The 4400″ netted 5.6 million viewers, down a notch from the premiere’s record-breaking 7.4 million draw. Still, the showing landed it atop original series rankings on basic cable for a second week in a row.

An episode of “The Dead Zone” followed with a solid showing — almost 4 million viewers — making it the highest-rated episode of the season to date. Friday’s “Monk” also experienced a lift following “The 4400″ premiere, grabbing 4.7 million viewers.

“Entourage” averaged 1.9 million viewers in its 10 p.m. premiere, doing best among men 18-34 (1.2 national rating/3 share) and 18-49 (1.1/3). Debut numbers are among the lowest for recent series bows on the pay cabler including “Carnivale,” “K Street” and “The Wire.” Despite the slow start, however, “Entourage” is already said to be on track for a season two pickup.

The succeeding second season bow of “Da Ali G Show” delivered 1.1 million viewers.

Over at TNT, the two-hour premiere of limited series “The Grid” edged all shows on the WB and UPN in the timeslot in total viewers and the adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories. Program also bested a showing of “The Casino” on Fox in overall auds.

First hour of “Grid” recorded 4.5 million viewers — falling short of the 5.9 million that tuned into TNT’s last longform effort “Salem’s Lot” — and posted a 1.2/4 in the 18-49 demo and a 1.7/4 among 25-54-year-olds.

Elsewhere, Sunday’s 2004 ESPY Awards on ESPN drew 3.2 million viewers — the largest audience in the show’s 12-year existence. Kudocast did especially well in the male categories of 18-49 (2.0/6), 12-34 (2.0/7) and 18-34 (2.2/7).

Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper” is still going strong, roping in a robust aud of 4 million on Monday.

And “I Love the ’90s” vaulted VH1 to its highest-rated week in primetime in five years in the key 18-49 demo. An average 1.2 million overall viewers and 845,000 viewers 18-49 tuned into the weeklong 10-hour special.

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