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'Beautiful,' 'Weeds' have lukewarm bow

(Posted August 10, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A pair of cable shows made modest debuts Monday.

ABC Family's "Beautiful People" found 1.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. While its lead-in, drama "Wildfire," premiered stronger last month to nearly 2 million, the launch tied the channel's highs for original series among 18- to 34-year-olds.

Showtime's new comedy "Weeds" started softly in its 10 p.m. Monday perch, where it attracted 488,000 viewers. The series actually got more sampling during a sneak preview Sunday following the series finale of "Queer as Folk," where it found 547,000.

By way of comparison, "Weeds" topped drama "Huff," which opened to 456,000 in November, but fell far short of "Fat Actress," which premiered to 924,000 in March. Showtime is giving viewers plenty of opportunities to sample "Weeds," repeating the episode Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in primetime.

Source: AOL News

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