“Judge Mills Lane” fell short of a Nielsen K.O. in its debut Monday, but the latest entry into the courtroom TV genre nonetheless has come out swinging.
The syndie strip from Rysher Entertainment averaged a 2.1 household rating and 6 share in Nielsen’s 40 overnight metered markets, retaining most of its 2.3/7 average lead-in.
Lane, the fast-talking former Nevada judge and longtime boxing referee, was thrust into the national spotlight last year when he broke up the Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield ear-biting fracas.
In another encouraging sign, the half-hour strip improved its year-ago and May sweep time period averages by double-digit margins. Among its best markets on day one was Chicago, where “Mills Lane,” airing at 5 p.m. on indie WCIU, scored a 2.8/6, marking a 115% hike in rating from its “Munsters” lead-in of a 1.3/3.