TNT booms with 'Librarian'

4:00 AM PST 12/06/2006 by Kimberly Nordyke, AP

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TNT is having a good week, with the network's sequel to its original movie "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" and the second-season finale of "The Closer" drawing solid viewership numbers.

In other cable ratings news, ABC Family's telecast of theatrical "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Hallmark Channel's original movie "The Christmas Card" and the second-season finale of Nickelodeon's "Avatar" performed well for their respective networks.

"The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines," starring Noah Wyle, averaged a strong 6.2 million total viewers from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research. The number was off slightly from the first movie, which averaged nearly 7 million viewers in its Dec. 5, 2004, premiere.

Meanwhile, a special two-hour second-season ender of "Closer" drew 5.4 million viewers at 8 p.m. Monday, making the telecast basic cable's No. 1 program for the day. The second season averaged 6.6 million viewers, up 21% from Season 1.

At TNT's sister network TBS, new late-night comedy "10 Items or Less" grew slightly in its second week. The half-hour show was up by 5% in total viewers from last week (1,198,000 vs. 1,146,000) at 11 p.m. Monday.

At ABC Family, the basic cable premiere of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" from 5-8 p.m. Sunday averaged 4.8 million viewers. That figure means the movie ranks as the network's most-watched telecast of all time. It also won its time period compared with the rest of basic cable and was basic cable's No. 2 program of the day. "Harry Potter" also helped give ABC Family its most-watched day ever.

Hallmark's original movie "The Christmas Card," meanwhile, averaged 4.3 million viewers in its 9-11 p.m. premiere Saturday. Among total viewers, the movie ranks as the network's second-most-watched telecast ever behind Nov. 25's network premiere of the documentary "March of the Penguins" (4.5 million).

At Nickelodeon, the Season 2 finale of "Avatar: The Last " averaged 4.4 million viewers from 8-9 p.m. Friday, winning its time slot compared with the rest of basic cable.
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