Original productions from Turner Network Television and USA Network continued
cable's impressive summer ratings performance last week.
TNT's July 14 original-movie premiere, Door to Door, generated a 6.6
overnight Nielsen Media Research metered-market rating, outperforming all
broadcast-network shows during the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot.
If the rating holds when the final national ratings numbers are released
Tuesday, the movie -- which stars William H. Macy (Fargo,
Magnolia) as a door-to-door salesman born with cerebral palsy -- will
become the highest-rated basic-cable program of the year, besting the 6.2
generated by ESPN's Jan. 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Philadelphia Eagles National
Football League telecast.
Door to Door is the first original film to be showcased in TNT's and
Johnson & Johnson's recently announced collaboration to develop and produce
Meanwhile, USA's original skein, Monk, scored an impressive 3.5 rating
in its July 12 debut.
The show, about an compulsive-obsessive detective, is USA's second strong
original-series debut, following on the heels of a record-breaking 4.7 rating
performance generated by its June 16 premiere of Dead