The second-season debut of ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager became the series' most-watched episode last night.
The sophomore starter on June 22 averaged 4.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data. Included in that total were 1.4 million 18-to-34 watchers, 2.1 million persons 18 to 49 and 2.9 million viewers 12 to 34, all of which represented the second highest totals for the series with those demos behind the show's Sept. 9, 2008 fall season finale.
Secret Life recorded ABC Family's largest audience in the 8 p.m.hour ever among total viewers, adults 18 to 34, adults 18 to 49, women 18 to 49 (1.6 million), viewers 12 to 34 and females 12 to 34 (2.3 million).
According to ABC Family officials, Monday's show ranks as cable's top original scripted series second-season debut among adults 18 to 34 and with females 18 to 34, 18 to 49 and 12 to 34 demos.
Moreover, the program ranked as Monday's No. 1 scripted TV show among adults 18 to 34, viewers 12 to 34 and the aforementioned women demos; it also was cable's top scripted show among adults 18 to 49. Among teens (1.5 million) and females of that group (1.3 million), Secret Life was Monday's No. 1 TV program.
The program also served as a solid lead-in for ABC Family's latest original series, Make It or Break It, which bowed with 2.5 million viewers, including 606,000 adults 18 to 34 and 1.3 million 12-to-34 watchers. Those demo numbers trailed only the Secret's Life debut last July.
In addition, Make It or Break, which no doubt lost some viewers to TLC's-record-setting episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8, It also stood as the net's second-most-watched series premiere on record among women 18 to 34 (511,000), 18 to 49 (840,000) and females 12 to 34 (1.1 million).