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‘Longmire’ Wraps a Strong Second Season Monday for A&E

It hits highs, stands as the net's most popular scripted series to date; 'Glades' closes well too

A&E, the network that’s scoring big this summer with the comedic shenanigans of “Duck Dynasty,” also has a good story to tell in drama.

The Wyoming-set crime drama “Longmire” wrapped its second year with season-highs Monday, solidifying itself as the network’s most-watched scripted skein to date. And veteran “The Glades” capped its year with highs as well.

Longmire,” from Warner Horizon Television and based on the “Walt Longmire” series of mystery novels by Craig Johnson, averaged 4.42 million viewers with its finale, including 1.37 million adults 18-49 and 1.46 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen.

In Nielsen’s most current season-to-date tallies (which includes full-week DVR playback where available), “Longmire” was averaging about 5.4 million viewers — on par with last year  — while growing 6% from last year in both adults 18-49 (1.13 million vs. 997,000) and 25-54 (1.46 vs. 1.38 million).

On Monday, “Longmire” was the night’s No. 1 scripted cable series in key demos while ruling as the most-watched cable show overall. For the summer, it is basic cable’s No. 6-rated drama in adults 25-54 — ahead of shows including USA’s “Suits,” TNT’s “Graceland” and Lifetime’s “Devious Maids.”

A&E’s success with “Longmire” comes on the heels of a good first-season run earlier this year for “Bates Motel.”

The cabler’s other current scripted drama, “The Glades,” wrapped its fourth season on Monday, leading into “Longmire.” It averaged 1.09 million adults 18-49, 1.28 million adults 25-54 and 3.41 million viewers overall — also season highs.

Neither “The Glades,” from Fox TV Studios, nor “Longmire” has been picked up yet for next year.

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