June 04, 2012 1:54pm PT by Michael O'Connell
A&E Sets New Original Series Ratings Record With 'Longmire' Premiere
Longmire enjoyed a distinctive premiere on A&E last night. Sunday's debut of the new scripted drama now ranks as the most-watched original series premiere in network history.
A total 4.1 million viewers tuned in for Longmire's 10 p.m. ET debut. The broadcast also ranked as a top performer among the cable network's coveted adults 25-54 demographic, averaging 1.4 million for the hour.
The Glades, which has enjoyed strong if sliding ratings for the network since its 2010 premiere, did rebound with its third season opener. 3.1 million viewers tuned in for the inaugural broadcast, 1.4 million of which were in the key demo. Overall, The Glades was up 19 percent from its season two average.
Based on Craig Johnson's series of mystery novels, Longmire was developed for television by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin and stars Robert Taylor as the titular deputy.