Spike TV’s Sunday series premiere of Adam Carolla‘s “Catch A Contractor” nabbed 1.2 million total viewers — the largest audience for a series debut on the cable channel since “Coal” in March 2011.
In terms of live viewership, “Contractor” built on its “Bar Rescue” lead-in by 14 percent in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic and 17 percent in average audience.
“Catch a Contractor” earned a 0.76 rating in the key demo, the highest for a Spike Original Series premiere since “4th and Long” in May 2009 (which had a 0.8 and a strong UFC lead-in).
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A new “Bar Rescue” episode at 9 p.m. received 1.4 million total viewers. In the 9-10 p.m. time period, “Rescue” ranked fourth in 18-49 among basic cable networks.
In the 10 p.m. hour, “Catch a Contractor” tied for second across basic cable in the key demo, behind just AMC’s post-“Walking Dead” show, “Talking Dead.”
On “Catch a Contractor,” podcasting king and former “Man Show” host Carolla seeks retribution for wrong homeowners. Contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, investigator Alison Bedell, also star in the reality show.