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Ratings: Dwayne Johnson's ‘The Hero’ Gets Solid Start

Johnson's new TNT series "The Hero" draws 1.5 million total viewers with debut

The Rock is proving solid for TNT.

"The Hero," the new reality show starring wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, got off to a respectable start with its Thursday premiere, drawing 1.5 million total viewers.

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Among the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers, "The Hero" grabbed 855,000 viewers — up 94 percent over the network's year-to-date average in the timeslot, excluding sports.

An impressive number, especially given the fact that "The Hero" had Game 1 of the NBA Finals to contend with as competition.

With a 10 p.m. encore factored in, "The Hero" drew more than 2.1 million total viewers, with more than 1.1 million in the 18-49 demo.

"The Hero" features contestants pitted in physical challenges intended to highlight their heroic qualities. "Pain & Gain" star Johnson hosts the series, and is also an executive producer.