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.