3.5M tuned in for 'Mad Men' premiere

March 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM
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NEW YORK, March 26 (UPI) -- About 3.5 million people tuned in for Sunday night's Season 5 premiere of the U.S. drama series "Mad Men," AMC announced Monday.

The 2-hour-long season opener was the most watched episode of the series, which stars Jon Hamm, January Jones and John Slattery, the cable network said.

"Almost five years ago, with a focus on distinction and quality, AMC launched "Mad Men' as the first series in its commitment to original scripted dramatic television. 'Mad Men' is the only cable drama to ever win the Emmy Award for outstanding drama series four years in a row and the Golden Globe for best television drama series for three years in a row. 'Mad Men' set the bar high and we are incredibly proud that it continues to engage audiences looking for unexpected, unconventional and uncompromising television," said Charlie Collier, AMC's president, in a statement. "For each of the five 'Mad Men' seasons Matthew Weiner and his team have crafted a beautifully told story and each season a larger audience has responded; a rare accomplishment. We couldn't be more proud of this program, the brilliant writers, cast and crew, and the entire team on each side of the camera."

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