TNT's 'The Hero' Draws 1.5 Million Viewers in Debut

TNT's newest competition series The Hero won over viewers Thursday night, averaging 1.5 million viewers for its premiere episode.

The Dwayne Johnson-hosted series also garnered 855,000 adults 18-49, a 94% increase over TNT's year-to-year date average for the 8 p.m. timeslot, excluding sports programming, said TNT officials. The show's 39 median age average was also TNT's youngest ever for an original series launch, said network officials.

Including a 10 p.m. repeat, The Hero drew more than 2.1 million viewers for the night, according to TNT.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.