A&E original series season premieres get ratings boost

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After a successful first-season run for Bates Motel, the network it calls home experienced a bump in series ratings for the season premieres of two of its other original programs — Longmire and The Glades.

Over Memorial Day weekend, the pair of A&E original dramas debuted to larger audiences than their previous seasons.

Longmire showed a five-percent increase in viewership over last year in its sophomore year debut, with a total of 4.3 million viewers. The show, based on a book series, chronicles the life of Sheriff Walt Longmire as he solves crimes and deals with his personal life after the death of his wife.

The Glades kicked of its fourth season with 3.3 million viewers, six-percent higher than last summer’s premiere. Featuring a police detective who flees false accusations in his Chicago department, the show is set in South Florida where victims are killed by poisonous snakes and hurricanes.


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