Lifetime Television's Smash Hit 'Army Wives' Shatters More Records as Season Finale Becomes Network's Most Watched Original Series Telecast Ever
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 EPISODE AVERAGES 4.1 MILLION P2+
NEW YORK, Aug. 28 -- Lifetime Television's smash hit "Army
Wives," the most successful series in the network's 23-year history, ended
its first season as it began -- by demolishing records! The critically
acclaimed drama's season finale on Sunday, August 26 at 10PM (ET/PT) became
the network's most watched original series telecast ever when it drew 4.1
"Army Wives" is now Lifetime's highest rated original scripted drama
series ever in Households, W1834, W1849 and W2554, W18+, P2+.
During its record-setting 13 episode season, "Army Wives," which is
basic cable's #1 drama among W18-34 as well as the #1 freshman drama of the
year among W18-49 and W25-54, established new Lifetime marks for an
original scripted series by averaging:
* 3.7 million P2+
* 3.1 HH rating
* 580,000 W18-34 (2.1)
* 1.4 million W18-49 (2.5)
* 1.4 million W25-54 (2.7)
In garnering a season-high 3.4 household rating on Sunday, August 26,
"Army Wives" was also the #1 program in ad supported cable in Sunday prime
for the 13th straight week among W2554 and the seventh consecutive week
Online, "Army Wives" traffic on LifetimeTV.com broke a record on
Monday, August 27, soaring 135% over the previous high set on June 3, the
day after the drama premiered.
Said Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment, Lifetime Networks:
"Thanks to Mark Gordon and Deb Spera, a talented production team, amazing
writers and a remarkable cast, 'Army Wives' captured the hearts and
imaginations of viewers across the country. It is incredibly gratifying
when a critically acclaimed show is also a successful show, and we are
grateful to the four million loyal viewers who tuned in every Sunday to
make this series a huge hit for Lifetime."
"Army Wives" returns for its second season in the spring of 2008.
Filmed on location in Charleston, South Carolina, "Army Wives" stars
Emmy(R) Award winner Kim Delaney ("NYPD Blue"), Sally Pressman ("Shark"),
Brigid Brannagh ("Over There"), Brian McNamara ("The O.C."), Sterling K.
Brown ("Starved"), Wendy Davis ("Commander in Chief"), Drew Fuller
("Charmed") and Catherine Bell ("JAG"). Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy,"
"Criminal Minds") and The Mark Gordon Company's President of Production,
Deborah Spera ("Criminal Minds"), serve as executive producers. Jeff
Melvoin ("Alias") serves as executive producer and show runner. Katherine
Fugate ("The Prince & Me") created the series and also serves as executive
producer and writer. The series is based on the book Under the Sabers: The
Unwritten Code of Army Wives by Tanya Biank, who serves as a consultant.
"Army Wives" is produced by ABC Studios.
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