The off-network debut of The Sopranos on A&E took out its competition Wednesday night, as the pilot was watched by 4.27M viewers. The second hour (“46 Long”) was watched by 3.45M viewers.
Breakdowns (according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research) for each episode and a summary of the entire two hours follow below.
- “The Sopranos” – 3.5 household rating, 4.27 million total viewers, 1.83 million adults 18-49 and 1.94 million adults 25-54.
- “46 Long” – 2.9 household rating, 3.45 million total viewers, 1.53 million adults 18-49 and 1.63 million adults 25-54.
- The entire premiere (9:00 to 11:11 p.m. ET) – 3.2 household rating, 3.86 million total viewers, 1.68 million adults 18-49 and 1.79 million adults 25-54
It’s an excellent start for the series on A&E who paid $2.55M/episode (more than $200M total) for the rights to air the show.
Two episodes will continue to air, in broadcast order, every Wednesday night starting at 9:00 p.m.