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Lifetime’s ’Beach,’ ’Pier’ Score; TNT’s ’Wanted’ Isn’t (trachtenberg mention)

Saturday 13 August 2005, by Webmaster

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) A slew of premieres on cable last week brought a mixed bag of results. Lifetime got strong numbers from a pair of literary adaptations, and the heavily hyped "Over There" opened strong for FX. On the flip side, TNT’s "Wanted" drew decent numbers but paled in comparison to "The Closer."

Lifetime scored a pair of hits with its movie "The Dive from Clausen’s Pier" and the debut of the short-run series "Beach Girls." The movie, based on Ann Packer’s novel and starring Michelle Trachtenberg ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), brought in 4.23 million viewers in its July 25 premiere, placing it among the five most-watched cable broadcasts of the week ending Sunday, July 31.

"Beach Girls," meanwhile, averaged just over 3.6 million viewers for its two-hour debut. The five-week series, based on Luanne Rice’s book and starring Rob Lowe and Julia Ormond, is the highest-rates series premiere in the channel’s history.

Elsewhere, "Over There" debuted to an audience of about 4.1 million people on FX, making it the second-biggest series premiere for the network (tied with "Rescue Me" last year).

The debut for "Wanted," though, has to rank as a little disappointing. The crime show drew 3.73 million viewers, not much more than a good episode of "Law & Order" on TNT. It’s also only a little more than half the audience for the premiere of "The Closer," which averaged more than 7 million viewers in June.

"The Closer" continues to chug along, hitting the top spot in the cable rankings again last week with 5.2 million viewers.