Ratings: ‘Secret Life’ Smashes Records for ABC Family

The Disney network’s Monday dramas almost beat out NBC’s “Heroes” as teens flock to their return

Last Updated: January 5, 2010 @ 3:46 PM

Ratings for the season debuts of ABC Family’s "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Make It Or Break It" are in — and it looks like cable’s awesome 2009 will continue in 2010.

"Life" notched huge numbers in ABCF’s target audiences, attracting a network-best 3 million viewers 12-34 and teens (1.6 million). In adults 18-49, the 2.12 million score beat out TNT’s "Men of a Certain Age" and FX’s "Nip/Tuck" as the biggest debut in the demo for this season.

Overall, "Life" was seen by 4.5 million viewers. That’s within the spitting distance of the just under 5 million tally for NBC’s two-hour "Heroes."

At 9 p.m., the "Life" lead-in helped "Make It" earn series highs in folks 12-34 (1.7 million), teens (1 million) and overall viewers (2.7 million). The dropoff from "Life" was pretty darn big, however, with "Make It" losing more than 40 percent of its lead-in.