TV Land’s critically-acclaimed first original sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” got off to an extraordinary start for its premiere (Wednesday, June 16th at 10 p.m ET/PT), making network history as the highest rated and most watched telecast ever, according to Nielsen Fast National data. “Hot in Cleveland” broke network records and attracted nearly 5 million total viewers and gave the network stellar, significant triple digit gains across all demos for the night.

Starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland” posted a 1.9 rating and 2.0 million viewers among the network’s target Adults 25-54 audience. TV Land averaged 4.75 million total viewers. Among Women 25-54, TV Land scored a 2.4/1.3 million. Among Adults 18-49, TV Land posted 1.5/1.6 million. also experienced record-breaking traffic, attracting 287,000 unique visitors, making it the most-visited day in site history. There were 117,000 visitors alone to the “Hot in Cleveland” show pages, in addition to thousands of fans interacting with the show on Facebook.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, “Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy® Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer.

“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti (Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Malick) – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing.  When the friends discover that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay.  Starting over, they rent a house that happens to come with a very feisty caretaker (White).  

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