Well, it looks like all the racy ads in the subway paid off:
Feevee cabler's high-profile, big- budget costume drama notched 870,000 viewers with its Sunday premiere, more than three times the net's 2006 primetime average and well above the debuts of recent success stories "Dexter" and "Weeds."
Add in 404,000 more who tuned in for an 11 p.m. encore of "The Tudors," and Showtime said it had it best series debut night in three years, since the bow of laffer "Fat Actress."
Strong debut makes it more likely Showtime will move forward with a second season of the Ben Silverman-produced skein, though no decisions have been made. For now, execs were simply relieved to have successfully launched "The Tudors," which easily ranks as the most expensive series in the cabler's history. - Variety 4/3/07
870,000 viewers, huh? Cable TV is so cute. I didn't watch it, but the ads reminded me of Lady Chatterly for some reason. Remember that one? Get reacquainted after the jump.