A&E Series Delivers Breakout Ratings3/07/2011 3:15 PM Eastern
A&E's new scripted drama series Breakout Kings drummed up 2.8 million total viewers in its Sunday night premiere.
The show, which stars Laz Alonso (Southland, Avatar) and Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire) as U.S. marshals who head up a team of convicts pulled from jail to track down and capture prison escapees, set a network series premiere ratings record among adults 25-54 (1.6 million viewers) and adults 18-49 (1.5 million viewers), but fell short of the 3.6 million total viewers that A&E's drama series The Glades drew in its summer 2010 debut.
"Breakout Kings is a smart, action-packed drama with great storytelling and authentic well-drawn characters," said Bob DeBitetto, president & general manager of A&E Network and Bio Channel in a statement. "Clearly the series has struck a chord with the younger viewers which we have welcomed to the network through our stable of unscripted programming. We're off to a great start."