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Fox's "Prison Break" Makes Out Like Bandit

(Posted September 1, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

By Joal Ryan

Given a head start on the fall TV season, Prison Break got off to fast start Monday.

The two-hour series premiere of Fox's 24-style take on The Shawshank Redemption averaged 10.5 million viewers, tops for the night, per preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

The escape-minded drama, which made off with largely positive reviews, beat the broadcast competition to the 2005-06 season by about three weeks. Most shows will launch their seasons after the Emmy Awards on Sept. 18 presumably have reminded audiences of all the wonderful wares offered by network television.

In the meantime, Fox will remind audiences of all the Prison Break episodes it has to offer. Monday's premiere will be repeated Thursday. Then, it'll work Labor Day, moving to the 9 p.m. Monday hour, a time slot it can call its own until 24 returns in January (assuming low ratings don't get it before then).

Last fall, The Swan 2 was assigned to keep 24's time slot warm, but could only keep it semi-warm. The plastic-surgery pageant averaged an underwhelming 7.2 million. For the inmates at Fox River State Penitentiary, that might be the number to beat if they have any hopes of seeing daylight--or season two.

Source: Yahoo! News

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