LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Cable channel ABC Family
received good tidings Sunday with the premiere of the original
movie "Santa Baby."
The Jenny McCarthy vehicle pulled in 4.7 million total
viewers, making it the most-watched basic cable telecast of the
day. "Santa Baby," which aired from 8-10 p.m., stands as the
most-watched original movie developed under the ABC Family
"Santa" also ranked as the No. 2 movie on all basic cable
for the week ending December 10, second only to an encore
showing of theatrical "The Polar Express" (5.1 million), also
on ABC Family. That movie, which aired Saturday, now stands as
the network's most-watched non-original telecast of all time.
Sci Fi Channel's "The Lost Room" got off to a modest start
Monday night. The six-hour miniseries, starring Peter Krause
and Julianna Margulies, averaged 2.1 million total viewers in
its 9-11 p.m. premiere. That figure represents a significant
dropoff from the debut performance of the December 2005 Sci Fi
miniseries "The Triangle" (4.3 million).
In other cable ratings news, A&E Network's original movie
"Wedding Wars" had an underwhelming debut Monday. The movie,
starring John Stamos, Eric Dane and James Brolin, averaged
986,000 viewers in its 9-11 p.m. slot.
Meanwhile, HBO's "The Wire" closed its fourth season
Sunday, notching its biggest audience for the past two seasons.
An influx of 1.9 million viewers was enough to bring the
drama's season average higher than the previous season, to 1.6
But "Wire's" premiere numbers tell only part of the story.
HBO made the unprecedented move this season of making episodes
of "Wire" available on its HBO On Demand platform for six days
before each premiere data. In its first week, the six-day
preview attracted 188,000; that haul rose steadily over the
course of the season, peaking at the finale with 650,000.
Elsewhere in cable, Hallmark Channel's original holiday
movie "What I Did for Love" averaged 3.1 million viewers in its
premiere from 9-11 p.m. Saturday. The program was the network's
fourth-highest-rated telecast ever.
Cartoon Network's first-ever original live-action/animated
movie, "Re-Animated," debuted at 8-10 p.m. Friday, with 2.2
million total viewers tuning in. Among kids 6-11, the movie
drew 1.2 million viewers, an increase of 45% over the same time
period last year. Meanwhile, 1.5 million kids 2-11 tuned in, an
increase of 30% over the time slot in 2005.