TNT drama gains 'Leverage' in Sunday bow

Commercial-free debut averages 5 million viewers

TNT's new drama "Leverage" got off to a strong start, averaging 5 million total viewers in its commercial-free debut Sunday.

The Timothy Hutton starrer, which aired from 10-11 p.m., also pulled in 2.1 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demo and 2.6 million in adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Cable Fast Nationals. That makes the "Leverage" premiere TNT's best original series telecast to date in 18-49 during a regular broadcast season.

However, "Leverage" didn't reach the record-setting total-viewer mark set in September by the series premiere of TNT's "Raising the Bar" (7.7 million).

"Leverage" dropped slightly from its lead-in, a third installment in "The Librarian" movie franchise, starring Noah Wyle. "Curse of the Judas Chalice" averaged 5.4 million total viewers, including 2.2 million in 18-49 and 2.8 million in 25-54.

"Leverage" moves into its regular slot at 10 p.m. Tuesdays starting this week.

Elsewhere, Lifetime's Heather Locklear movie "Flirting With Forty" averaged 4 million viewers in its premiere at 9 p.m. Saturday, including 1.1 million among women 18-49 and 1.4 million among women 25-54.
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