'Men of a Certain Age' launches strong

Monday's series premiere attracted 5.4 million viewers

TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" drew 5.4 million viewers Monday night, becoming cable's most-watched series launch of 2009 among adults 25-54.

The Ray Romano dramedy received strong reviews from critics, and helps TNT conclude the year on a high note after the network's other new dramas, such as "Dark Blue" and "Hawthorne," had somewhat modest returns for a network of TNT's stature.

"Age" was just shy of USA's "Royal Pains" summer debut, which drew 5.6 million viewers.

"The response from viewers and critics to 'Men of a Certain Age' has been amazing," said Michael Wright, executive vp, of programming for TNT in the victory lap quote. "I'm proud of everyone involved with this wonderful series, especially its creators, Ray Romano and Mike Royce, and the great cast headed by Ray, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula."