A&E Network's new original scripted drama series The Glades drew 3.6 million viewers in its July 11 season premiere, making it the most-watched original drama series telecast in network history, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals numbers.
The Glades, which stars Matt Passmore as a quirky detective fighting crime in the Florida Everglades, topped the Jan. 15, 2001 series debut of crime drama 100 Centre Street, according to network officials.
The series also delivered a record 1.4 million viewers in A&E's key 25-54 demographic, as well as 1.2 million viewers in the 18-49 demo. Overall including an encore airing, The Glades was watched by a total of 5.1 million viewers during the series' premiere night. The premiere episode also grew its audience by 38% from its lead-in, an episode from off-network drama series Criminal Minds.
"We are very encouraged by the response that The Glades has received from the press and our viewers," said Bob DeBitetto, President & General Manager of A&E and BIO Channel in a statement. "The fact that the series was able to break through in a crowded summer landscape against heavy competition is a testament to the quality of the show and the incredible talent and performance of the show's lead Matt Passmore."