Viewers like SAG's act
Record cable rating for awardsThe telecast of the 13th annual SAG Awards averaged a combined 5.9 million total viewers on TNT and TBS, setting a record for the ceremony.
The live TNT/TBS simulcast from 8-10 p.m. EST Sunday (with a tape-delay in the West) ranks as the most-watched telecast of the ceremony since it came to cable in 1998. Its total viewership average marks an 8% increase compared with last year's simulcast on the two networks.
Individually, TNT's telecast averaged 3.4 million, while TBS' drew 2.5 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.
TBS also saw solid numbers from an airing of the theatrical "Men in Black II" from 8-9:45 p.m. Saturday, averaging 4.2 million viewers.
Meanwhile, Lifetime saw good returns on the first of its four adaptations of Nora Roberts novels. The original movie "Nora Roberts' Angels Fall," starring Heather Locklear, averaged 4.9 million viewers from 9-11 p.m. Monday. That's the best viewership for a Lifetime original movie since "The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale" debuted to 6.6 million in August.
At CMT, the 2007 Miss America pageant, which saw Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson take the crown, averaged 2.4 million in its live telecast from 8-10 p.m. Monday. The figure was off from the pageant's debut on the country music network last year, which drew 3.1 million viewers, setting a viewership record for the network. Still, the telecast ranks as CMT's most-watched show since last year's pageant.
For the month, Disney Channel's debut of the original movie "Jump In!" on Jan. 12 ranked as the most-watched telecast in basic cable among total viewers (8.5 million), followed by the Jan. 12 debut of the Disney Channel series "Cory in the House" (7.7 million).