Kelsey Grammer's 'Boss' Gives Starz 1.72 Million Viewers Over Premiere Weekend

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Chuck Hodes

Kelsey Grammer plays a modern King Lear with a crushing secret.

According to initial ratings, new Starz drama Boss drew 1.72 million viewers over the course of its premiere weekend.

The Kelsey Grammer series was seen by a combined audience of 1.05 million on Friday night, with 659,000 tuning into the 10 p.m. broadcast.

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The premiere falls shy of the network's recent co-production of BBC's Torchwood, which brought in 1.51 million viewers during back-to-back broadcasts of its premiere, and the now-canceled Camelot, which boasted a premiere night audience of 1.57 million total viewers.

Encores over the course of the weekend brought Boss' total viewership to 1.72 million, though figures for online sampling, on-demand and DVR viewings won't be available for a few weeks.

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In January, the premiere weekend for Spartacus prequel Gods of the Arena gave the network record ratings of 2.8 million viewers.

Boss was already renewed for a second season in September.