The premiere of Growing Up Gotti was the most-watched original-series debut in the history of A&E Network, prompting the service to up its order for the half-hour reality series, centering on Victoria Gotti and her family.
The show -- a real-life look at the daughter of late mob boss John Gotti -- earned A&E a 2.3 household rating and just under 3 million viewers Aug. 2 at 9:30 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research data.
That mark was eclipsed by the following installment at 10 p.m., which garnered a 2.7 mark and some 3.5 million viewers. A&E officials said the second half-hour was the most-watched original series on cable that night.
Among its target audience of adult 25-54, A&E averaged nearly 2 million viewers with the shows and 1.8 million adults 18-49, the best performance among that demo group in the network’s history.
After the strong opening, an A&E spokesman said the network quickly ordered seven additional episodes, giving it 20 installments tracking Victoria Gotti’s professional (she’s a novelist and columnist), familial (three sons) and dating lives.