TNT's ‘Dallas’ Debut a Gusher – Racks Up Impressive 6.9M Viewers

Reboot of classic nighttime soap "Dallas" claims year-to-date high in cable scripted premieres

A whole lot of people joined the Ewing family for their return to Southfork on Wednesday night.

The premiere of TNT's reboot of the classic nighttime soap "Dallas" pulled in 6.9 million total viewers, which the network claims is a year-to-date high for scripted series premieres on cable.

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According to TNT, "Dallas" pushed the network to the number-one spot among basic cable networks Wednesday night with a 3.7 metered-market household rating. TNT also said that the "Dallas" premiere beat out all broadcast programming head-to-head during its 9-to-11 p.m. airtime.

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One cloud that hovers over the premiere's ratings victory: It didn't perform particularly well in the 18-49 demographic that's most attractive to advertisers, drawing just 1.9 million viewers in that demo.

The revamped "Dallas," which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m., includes holdovers such as Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy from the original series, which debuted in 1978, along with newcomers such as Jordana Brewster and Jesse Metcalfe.