'John Adams' averages 2.5 million viewers


HBO's seven-part miniseries "John Adams" averaged 2.5 million viewers in its premiere at 8-9 p.m. Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research. Part 2, airing at 9 p.m., improved on that by 300,000 viewers, making it the most-watched original movie/mini on HBO since 2004's "Something the Lord Made" (2.6 million).

"John Adams" easily bested the first-night debuts of other recent longform productions on the network, including two-parters "Empire Falls" (1.7 million), "Elizabeth I" (1.6 million) and "Tsumani" (800,000).

Elsewhere in cable ratings news, the premiere of ABC Family's original movie, "The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream" won its time slot (8-10 p.m. Sunday) among all of cable in total viewers (3.1 million) and key female demos.