The hits kept rolling for cable Wednesday as USA Network’s new original
series, Peacemakers, posted the highest rating for a new scripted series
The Western-based series, starring Tom Berenger as a 1880s crime-solving
sheriff, averaged a 4.0 rating during its July 31 premiere, besting the 3.2
garnered by FX’s Nip/Tuck just two weeks ago, according to Nielsen Media
The series now ranks fourth among the top-rated original-series premieres in
history, behind USA’s Dead Zone (4.7 rating) and E! Entertainment
Television’s Anna Nicole Smith Show and FX’s The Shield (tied with
Add the premiere rating of Monk (3.5) and USA holds three of the five
top original-series premieres in basic cable.
The show drew 5.2 million viewers aged two and over and 3.5 million
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