Showtime’s ‘Call Girl’ Opens to Record Numbers

Jun 17, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Showtime turned a nifty ratings trick Monday, with new half-hour “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” premiering to record numbers.
“Call Girl” attracted 949,000 paying customers in its first run Monday, outranking every other series premiere in the three decade-plus history of Showtime. The previous record holder at the network was “The L Word,” which drew 936,000 viewers when it bowed.
The strong tune-in for “Call Girl” represents the latest triumph for Bob Greenblatt, the Showtime entertainment president who has launched hits such as “Dexter,” “The Tudors” and “Californication.”
It’s also a victory for former HBO chief Chris Albrecht. Now at IMG, Mr. Albrecht was responsible for selling “Call Girl”—an already-produced British series from IMG and Tiger Aspect—to Showtime.
“Call Girl” was given a big leg up by its lead-in, the fourth-season premiere of established Showtime smash “Weeds.” The latter series attracted 1.35 million viewers in its 10 p.m. run Monday, a stunning 65 percent rise over the show’s third-season premiere. It was also the single highest-rated telecast on Showtime since 2004, when Nielsen began reporting ratings for individual Showtime channels.
Showtime has already ordered a second season of “Call Girl.”
Updated: Premiere day. June 18, 12:59 a.m.


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    perhaps the end of the world is at hand, after all.

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