Lifetime's 'Dance Moms' Hits Series High

Dance Moms Season 2 Premiere Girls - H 2012

Dance Moms Season 2 Premiere Girls - H 2012

Lifetime docuseries Dance Moms second season premiere set a series high.

The hourlong series averaged 2.5 million total viewers to the 9 p.m. opener on Tuesday evening, a jump of 150 percent compared to the series debut last year that drew 1 million viewers.

Dance Moms also saw big gains among the key demographics, including adults 18-49 (1.2 million), adults 25-54 (1 million), women 18-59 (997,000), women 25-54 (798,000), adults 18-34 (704,000) and women 18-34 (542,000). The season premiere helped Lifetime post its top Tuesday opener among viewership.

Lifetime touts that Dance Moms is the cable network's youngest show with an average viewer age of 37.

The series, executive produced by Jeff Collins, features dance instructor Abby Lee Miller, her dance students and their mothers.

Competing against Dance Moms, A&E's Shipping Wars debuted to 3 million viewers in the 9 p.m. hour with back-to-back episodes. Among the 18-49 and 25-54 demos, Shipping Wars averaged 1.6 million.