'Jeremiah' a friend for AMC

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The 1972 feature film "Jeremiah Johnson," starring Robert Redford, roped in more than 4 million viewers in its Saturday night airing on AMC.

The telecast, centered on the film's 35th anniversary, averaged a 3.1 household rating from 8-10:30 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research. The movie now stands as the fourth-highest-rated program ever on the network, behind the two-part premiere of the AMC original movie "Broken Trail" and a repeat of Part 1.

The movie's performance, combined with Friday's airing of "Open Range" — which garnered a 2.2 household rating, making it one of AMC's top 10 telecasts ever — helped place AMC among the top five cable networks in household ratings for the week. In primetime, it came in at No. 4 for the week with a 1.3 household rating.

Meanwhile, History Channel saw strong numbers for the Season 3 debut of "Digging for the Truth" on Monday. A special two-hour episode, "Atlantis: New Revelations," averaged 2.1 million total viewers from 9-11 p.m. That's up 75% from its Season 2 premiere, which drew 1.2 million in January 2006.

The telecast also set network records in key adult demos, ranking as the best-ever series or season premiere among adults 18-49 (911,000 viewers, up 77% over the second-season premiere) and 25-54 (1.1 million, up 84%).
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