Seagal’s ‘Lawman’ sets record for A&E

Good start for reality show at cable network

Once a box office draw but long out the limelight, Steven Seagal is still making an impression with television auds.

Action star’s new 10 p.m. reality show, “Steven Seagal: Lawman,” drew 3.4 million viewers in its premiere episode Wednesday night on A&E. Number represents the most ever viewers for a premiere episode of any series on the cabler.

The following episode, which aired immediately after the premiere, saw an increase to 3.6 million.

A&E has ordered 13 episodes of the series, which covers Seagal’s venture as a deputy with the Parish Sheriff’s office in Louisiana.

Cabler has had a solid week. Second season of “Hoarders” opened Monday and drew 3.2 million total viewers and a strong 1.9 million in the 18-49 demo.

“Intervention,” now in its eighth season, launched that night as well to 2.5 million, a 14% increase from the season seven opener.

Over at TruTV, first episode of new series “Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura” was watched by 1.6 million, the biggest aud for a series premiere in the cabler’s history.

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