January 09, 2013 3:27pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Cable Ratings Notes: 'Portlandia,' 'Justified,' 'Pretty Little Liars' All Rise in Returns
Three cable series returning this week saw solid gains from their previous season premieres.
IFC's Portlandia, entering its third run on Friday, was up 30 percent in total viewers from its January opener last year. The sketch comedy show from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein pulled 1.1 million viewers between its two back-to-back episodes. In the adults 18-49 demo, the episodes grossed 751,000 viewers.
Tuesday night saw returns from FX's Justified and ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. And though both were up from their recent debuts, it was Pretty Little Liars' midseason opener that topped the night for cable in the demo.
The younger-skewing thriller pulled a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, a tenth of a point higher than Justified. And while the FX show was technically second fiddle, it jumped a handsome 25 percent from last season.
In total viewers, Justified had the edge. It pulled in 3.6 million viewers, a gain of 17 percent over its fourth season premiere.
Liars, posting its biggest premiere numbers since January 2011, was at 3.2 million viewers.