Exclusive: ‘The Big C’ is top Showtime preem in 8 years

Showtime’s “The Big C” opened to 1.15 million viewers Monday night, the most-watched premiere of any original show in eight years.Laura_linney

Starring Laura Linney as a patient with stage-four melanoma, “The Big C” opened at 10:30 following the debut of the sixth season of “Weeds.”

Network has four half-hour dramedies that deal with mothers who have a swath of personal issues: Besides the former two skeins, Edie Falco stars in “Nurse Jackie” and Toni Collette in “United States of Tara,” in which she deals with multiple personalities.

Created by Darlene Hunt, “The Big C” co-stars Oliver Platt as Linney’s husband.

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