Season five debut of Lifetime’s hit drama Army Wives generated strong viewership, showing significant premiere-to-premiere growth in the key demos and becoming ad-supported cable’s number two original drama season premiere in 2010-2011 among Women 18-49.
Army Wives averaged 4,228,000 Total Viewers, up 27% from its season four debut on April 11, 2010; 1,955,000 Adults 25-54 viewers (+13%); 1,435,000 Women 18-49 viewers (+19%); and 1,485,000 Women 25-54 viewers (+8%), according to Nielsen Research. It secured a 3.2 Household rating (+23%).
In addition, yesterday’s episode is Lifetime’s second most watched original season premiere ever among the key demos, including Women 18+ (2,972,000) and Adults 18+ (3,907,000), behind the season two debut of Army Wives.
Immediately following Army Wives at 10:00pm, Lifetime’s unscripted series Coming Home also enjoyed strong viewership with triple digit year-to-date time period growth, becoming the network’s number one all-new original un-scripted series launch ever across all key demos, excluding Project Runway.
Featuring U.S. armed forces service members’ surprise family reunions after serving long tours of duty, Coming Home averaged 2,681,000 Total Viewers (up 146% compared to Lifetime’s YTD average); 1,396,000 Adults 18-49 viewers (+217%); 1,319,000 Adults 25-54 viewers (+183%); 1,043,000 Women 18-49 viewers (+213%); and 998,000 Women 25-54 viewers (+189%).
The show generated a 2.0 Household rating (+131%). Coming Home is the second most watched original un-scripted premiere on ad-supported cable in 2011 among Women 18+ (1,898,000).