“Hellcats” premiere brings in strong ratings for CW

HollywoodNews.com: The series premiere of “Hellcats” accomplished something no other UPN or CW show has ever done, matched or built on its “Top Model” lead-in. “Hellcats” improved on the cycle 15 debut of “Top Model” in the key demographics, including 3% in total viewers (3.0mill), 26% in females 12-34 (2.4/7), 23% in persons 12-34 (1.6/5), 100% in female teens (3.2/11), 91% in total teens (2.1/7), according to Live Plus Same Day Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010.

“Hellcats” retained 100% of its “Top Model” lead-in among women 18-34 (2.1/6) and adults 18-34 (1.4/4).

“Hellcats” delivered the largest non-“Top Model” performance in The CW’s Wednesday 9-10pm time period in 3 years (since 9/19/07, since “Gossip Girl’s” series premiere) among total viewers (3.0mil), and best non-Top Model delivery in over 2 years (since 4/3/08) among women 18-34 (2.0/6).

The younger-skewing “Hellcats” ranked first in the hour among total teens and female teens, and ranked second in the hour with females 12-34.

“Hellcats” also built at the half hour by 15% in adults 18-34, 5% in women 18-34, 8% in adults 18-49, 6% in women 18-49, 13% in persons 12-34 and 4% in females 12-34.

“Hellcats” dramatically improved over the series debut of TBL (which premiered here last year), blowing it away by 91% in women 18-34, 75% in adults 18-34, 100% in adults 18-49, 89% in women 18-49, 128% in persons 12-34, 140% in females 12-34 and 114% in total viewers.

With the debut of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Hellcats,” The CW stations in the majority of the top markets ranked either first or second on Wednesday night. Among women 18-34, The CW was first or second in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Minneapolis, Miami, Cleveland, Orlando, Sacramento, Portland and Baltimore. Among adults 18-34, The CW affiliates ranked either first or second in primetime in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Miami, Cleveland, Orlando, Sacramento, Portland and Baltimore.

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