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'Murder in the First' opens strong for TNT
'Murder in the First' opens strong for TNT

TNT's new whodunit didn't look like a ratings stiff in its premiere Monday night. The crime drama "Murder in the First" scored the biggest audience for a TNT series premiere in two years, which bodes well for a network that has recently struggled with new shows. Created by Steven Bochco, of "NYPD Blue" fame, and Eric Lodal, "Murder in the First" averaged 3.8 million viewers for its 10 p.m. premiere, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched new basic cable show launch this year. Counting its encore, the premiere was watched by 4.9 million total. The series opener followed a particularly strong result from the Season 3 debut of...

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