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Posted at 8:32 PM ET, 01/12/2011

'The Game' returns with nearly 8 million viewers on BET

By Lisa de Moraes

Nearly 8 million people tuned into BET at 10 p.m. Tuesday to watch the return of the former CW sitcom "The Game."

"The Game," which stars Tia Mowry as a professional football player's wife, attracted the largest audience of 18-to-34 year olds of any series that night on cable or broadcast TV. It was also the no. 1 show of the night among teens.

BET says the 7.7 million who came to watch the show's return to TV marked the network's second-biggest audience ever, behind only the 2009 BET Awards.

The Washington-based network also says the show was the no. 1 ad-supported scripted series premiere in cable history.

Well, technically, it was not the series premiere, since the show had run from October 2006 to May 2009 on broadcast network CW, and the BET debut picked up two years after the show had left off the last time it aired, on May 15, 2009.

Meanwhile, the biggest audience CW has managed to attract so far this TV season was for an episode of "The Vampire Diaries" back in October; it averaged 3.7 million viewers.

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 12, 2011; 8:32 PM ET
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