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‘Porter Ridge’ No ‘Duck Dynasty’ in Premiere; OWN’s ‘Haves’ Hot

New Discovery unscripted series draws 1.4 million, loses audience from lead-in 'Tickle'

Porter Ridge,” Discovery’s new reality show from the producers of “Duck Dynasty” set in the backwoods of Indiana, opened to OK numbers Tuesday, overshadowed by other unscripted shows on the net.

OWN, meanwhile, saw more gains for its top series to date, the Tyler Perry-created soap “The Haves and the Have Nots,” and TLC saw series highs for “Little Couple” in its return to the lineup.

Looking at the Tuesday nationals, Nielsen estimates that “Porter Ridge” averaged a 0.7 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 and 1.42 million viewers in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour — a decent start but lagging cable competition in its time period, including a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” on TBS, “Legend Shelby Swamp Man” on History and USA’s “Suits.”

Certainly, no one expected “Duck Dynasty”-like numbers for “Porter Ridge,” as even that now red-hot show bowed to 1.8 million viewers with its series premiere nearly 18 months ago.

“Porter Ridge” had a solid lead-in at 10 p.m. from “Tickle” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 1.91 million viewers overall), a spinoff of Discovery’s “Moonshiners.”

Discovery logged its best numbers of the night in the 9 o’clock hour with “Amish Mafia” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.54 million viewers overall), which tied with TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” as cable’s top show for the time period in 18-49. It was second on all of television (behind NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”) in men 18-49 and 25-54.

Over at OWN, “The Haves and the Have Nots” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.14 million viewers overall) matched last week’s series high in 18-49 while setting a high in total viewers for a third straight week. The show wraps its season on Sept. 3, but will return with new episodes early next year.

TLC’s “Little Couple” drew a series-best 2.5 million viewers in its return Tuesday with an episode that featured couple Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold returning from China to their Houston, TX home with newly adopted son Will. The net also scores double-digit week-to-week gains with “Who Do You Think You Are,” which drew 1.87 million viewers with its edition on “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel.

For the night, TLC had its strongest Tuesday in more than a decade.

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