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‘Monk’ tops cable bows

Premiere is show's highest hosuehold rating ever

Mystery solved: Friday’s Season Two premiere of “Monk” made off with 5.4 million viewers, making it the highest second-season premiere for a scripted series on basic cable.

The obsessive-compulsive detective sniffed out the show’s strongest household rating to date (up 14% from last season’s bow) for USA.

Tony Shalhoub-toplined skein also posted a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49, up 5% from previous year’s numbers in the same demo.

Frosh season of “Monk” broke records as the highest-rated original scripted series in basic-cable history.

Mandeville Films and Touchstone TV produce the show, exec produced by Andy Breckman, David Hoberman and Shalhoub.

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