'Dale' on right track for CMT

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CMT scored with its premiere of the original Dale Earnhardt documentary "Dale."

The docu averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating in the key demo of adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That makes "Dale" the most-watched telecast ever for the network in the demo and among total viewers. It also ranked as the most-watched cable telecast for the day in both measures.

The docu, produced by NASCAR Images and CMT Films, originally was released earlier this year on the big screen before airing on CMT. It is narrated by Paul Newman.

Meanwhile, ABC Family's drama "Lincoln Heights" notched series-highs in total viewers (1.6 million), 18-49 (614,000) and persons 12-34 (811,000) in its second-season premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. That's an increase over the first-season premiere in January, which drew 1.4 million total viewers and 567,000 in the demo.

"Lincoln Heights" also ranked as basic cable's No. 1 program in its time slot among females 12-34 (540,000) and No. 2 in 12-34 (811,000) and teens 12-17 (491,000),

At VH1, freshman series "The Pick-Up Artist" is growing, averaging a 1.3 in 18-49 at 9 p.m. Monday -- its best showing so far. The episode also drew 1.8 million total viewers and held on to its lead-in -- a repeat of "Rock of Love" -- in total viewers and built slightly on the demo rating (1.2).
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