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In case you missed it, Steven Seagal’s Reality TV show “Seven Seagal: Lawman” premiered last night on the cable network A&E with two, half-hour episodes. The show chronicles Seagal’s side job as an honest-to-goodness Deputy Sheriff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. No, really, he has a gun and a badge and everything. If you missed the show’s premiere, chances are someone you know might have tuned in, because the show scored a hefty 3.5 million viewers for A&E, making it the cable network’s biggest season opener in its history. Like, ever.
THR has the show bringing in 3.4 million in its first 30 minutes, but that number climbed to 3.6 million by the second episode. Two million of those viewers were in the coveted adults 18-49 demo, the age group that advertisers love the most.
I actually tuned in to the premiere, though quite by accident. I was channel surfing, and there he was, Steven Seagal riding around in one of those SUVs. I stayed just long enough to see the start of a police highway chase, before realizing nothing good could possibly come from watching a show where an action movie star is given a gun and asked to catch real criminals. That’s … just so wrong.