Fox’s Liguori Pleased With ‘Prison Break’s’ Big Ratings Debut

Aug 30, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s new Monday night drama “Prison Break” resonated with viewers, with the two-hour premiere giving the network its highest ratings for the summer and its highest Monday summer night numbers in seven years.

“Break” scored a 4.6 preliminary national rating in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was double the year-ago time period average of the “North Shore” and “Renovate My Family” premieres, and the network’s highest performance for a summer Monday in the demo since 1998.

“Break,” which competed against mostly repeats and an NFL preseason game, won Fox the night in all female and male adult demos, teens and total viewers.

The show grew 31 percent from its first half-hour to its fourth (3.9 to 5.1) in adults 18 to 49, and 18 percent in total viewers ( 9.4 million to 11.1 million).

“It is never easy to be the first series out of the gate,” Peter Liguori, president of entertainment for Fox, told TelevisionWeek. “You have to go from a summer where you’re averaging 2’s and you better than double the summer average. Against some pretty daunting odds, we feel very pleased with last night’s results.”