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.