'Political Animals' Premiere Draws 2.6 Million Viewers

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USA Network's highly-toutedPolitical Animals limited series debut to a lukewarm 2.6 million viewers in its Sunday night debut.

The premiere of the series, starring Sigourney Weaver as a U.S. secretary of state dealing with political and personal issues, was slightly below the network's 2.7 million summer primetime average, according to Nielsen.

The premiere of the six-part series was up against strong Sunday night competition from such shows as AMC's Breaking Bad - which drew a series record 2.9 million viewers -- and A&E's freshman series Longmire, which also set a series ratings record with 4.5 million watchers.

Political Animals also drew 675,000 adult 18-49 viewers; 834,000 adult 25-54 viewers and 263,000 adult 18-34 viewers, said the network.

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