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Mike Rowe’s ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ Scores Best CNN Original Series Demo Premiere Ever

Show stomped MSNBC’s ”Rachel Maddow Show,“ but Fox News’ ”Kelly File“ is top dog

Somebody’s gotta have the record.

Mike Rowe’s new CNN series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” had the cable channel’s top ever original series premiere in the 25-54 demographic, averaging 507,000 viewers. The program pulled in 943,000 total viewers.

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The show debut, airing at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, handily bested its MSNBC competition, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which drew 143,000 demo viewers and 757,000 total viewers.

However, both shows were topped by Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” which averaged 2.77 million total viewers, with 544,000 coming from the demo.

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The second-highest CNN Original Series premiere in the demo was the July debut of ‘The Hunt With John Walsh,” which drew 330,000 demo viewers. The premiere of Walsh’s show scored 989,000 total viewers.

“Somebody’s Gotta Do It” features “Dirty Jobs” alum Rowe visiting unusual individuals and highlighting their undertakings.