Jesse James sets Spike ratings record

'Dead Man' debuts to 2 million viewers

Jesse James' new stunt series is alive and kicking on Spike TV, with a premiere episode that set new ratings records for the network.

"Jesse James Is a Dead Man" debuted Sunday night at 10 p.m. and drew the largest audience ever for an unscripted Spike TV series. "Dead Man" was seen by 2 million viewers -- including 900,000 among the network's target demo of men 18-49.

In the premiere episode, the former "Monster Garage" personality rode a 1,000-horsepower motorbike powered by highly combustible nitromethane fuel. Upcoming challenges include racing in the Baja 500 off-road race, riding a motorcycle in minus-60 degree temperatures across an ice highway and other bike-based challenges. Ten episodes are being produced by James' company and Base Prods.
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