TNT's new drama series certainly did well among households and adults 25 to 54.
Men of a Certain Age, the middle-aged buddy series, starring Ray Romano, supported by Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula, premiered before 4.1 million households and 5.4 million watchers on Dec. 7, according to Nielsen data. Among that total were some 2.6 million adults 25 to 54 and 2.07 million persons 18 to 49.
TNT officials said Men of a Certain Age's debut was the best in cable this year among households and the 25-to-54 set.
Leading out of a fresh episode of the network's top series The Closer, Men build on the Kyra Sedgwick-starrer, relative to both of the demo groups, adding 11% and 8%, respectively, from its lead-in's count of persons 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.
For its part, the first of three The Closer episodes in December counted almost 6.2 million viewers and 4.6 million households, meaning Men retained 87% of its lead-in's viewers and 89% of its household delivery.
"The response from viewers and critics to Men of a Certain Age has been amazing," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, in a statement.. "I'm proud of everyone involved with this wonderful series, especially its creators, Ray Romano and Mike Royce, and the great cast headed by Ray, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula."