‘Breakout Kings’ Scores Record Audiences for A&E

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The premiere of A&E’s drama Breakout Kings averaged 2.8 million viewers and 1.5 million adults 18-49 (a 1.1 rating) in preliminary numbers, breaking the previous 18-49 highs set by ‘The Glades’ and ‘The Cleaner’ (1.3 million adults 18-49). It was also better than the 1.4 million adults 18-49 for the premiere of USA’s Fairly Legal.

Here’s more detail from the press release:

A&E’S ‘BREAKOUT KINGS’ BREAKS OUT WITH RECORD AUDIENCES

SERIES LAUNCH BECOMES THE MOST-WATCHED ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES PREMIERE AMONG ADULTS 25-54 AND 18-49

 

NEW YORK – March 7, 2011 – The Sunday, March 6th series premiere of the new A&E series “Breakout Kings” delivered record performances for an original drama series for the network, delivering 1.6 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49.  The premiere episode also delivered a strong 2.8 million total viewers.

“’Breakout Kings’ is a smart, action-packed drama with great storytelling and authentic well-drawn characters,” said Bob DeBitetto, President & General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel.  “Clearly the series has struck a chord with the younger viewers which we have welcomed to the network through our stable of unscripted programming.  We’re off to a great start.”

The “Breakout Kings” opener was up 25% in adults 18-49 and 14% in adults 25-54 from the previous network record holder, “The Glades,” which delivered 1.2 million adults 18-49 and 1.4 million adults 25-54 in its July 2010 premiere.  “The Glades” will return for a second season this summer.

New episodes of “Breakout Kings” premiere every Sunday at 10:00pm ET/PT.

“Breakout Kings” is a production of Fox 21. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Matt Olmstead (“Prison Break”) and Nick Santora (“Prison Break”). Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) also serve as executive producers.

About A&E Network

A&E is “Real Life. Drama.”  Now reaching 100 million homes, A&E is television that you can’t turn away from; where unscripted shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic.  A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment ranging from the network’s original scripted series, including “The Glades,” to signature non-fiction franchises, including the Emmy-winning “Intervention,” “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “Hoarders,” “Billy the Exterminator” and “Storage Wars,” and the most successful justice shows on cable, including “The First 48” and “Manhunters.”  The A&E website is located at www.aetv.com.

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