'Army' legions snap to attention


Lifetime's "Army Wives" drew 4.5 million total viewers to its second-season premiere Sunday night, making it the network's most-watched original drama series telecast.

USA's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" also drew 4.5 million viewers with its return to original episodes at 9 p.m. Sunday, according to Nielsen.

Meanwhile, the Season 2 premiere of History's "Ice Road Truckers" averaged 3.9 million total viewers at 9 p.m. Sunday, marking the best season bow for a History series.

The 10 p.m. episode of "Army" broke the Lifetime record held by a February 2002 episode of "The Division" (4 million).

"Army" also became the network's highest-rated original drama series telecast in women 18-34 (805,420 viewers/2.9 rating), 18-49 (2 million/3.5) and 25-54 (2 million/3.7). It also ranks as the year's highest-rated drama telecast on ad-supported cable among women 18-49 and 25-54.

The Season 2 premiere posted double-digit increases over the June 2007 series premiere in total viewers (29%) and women 18-34 (61%) and 25-54 (59%).

"CI," meanwhile, marked a 21% increase in total viewers from the series' October premiere on USA.

The episode also averaged 2.1 million adults 25-54 (up 10% from October) and 1.8 million adults 18-49 (up 4%).

At History, the "Truckers" debut was up 15% compared with its series premiere (3.4 million). The episode also pulled in 2.3 million adults 25-54 (up 15% over the Season 1 debut) and 2.3 million adults 18-49 (up 28%). (partialdiff)