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‘Longmire’ premieres to 4.3 million viewers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “Longmire” keeps growing in numbers.

The season two premiere drew 4.3 million total viewers during its premiere on Memorial Day. That’s a five percent growth over the season 1 premiere last summer. That debut drew 4.1 million viewers, which was a record for the network.

The season two premiere was also watched by 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.1 million adults 18-40, which was a 12 percent growth over the season 1 premiere.

“Longmire” is a crime drama series that is is based on the Longmire mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson. It follows Walt Longmire, played by Taylor, the Sheriff of fictional Absaroka County, Wyo., as he returns to work following the death of his wife.

The series premiered in June 2012 to record ratings for the network and was renewed after its second episode. The season finale was watched by 4.3 million viewers in August. Overall, the first season averaged 4 million total viewers, making it one of the highest rated cable shows and the network’s No. 1 original drama series of all time.

The series runs at 8 p.m. Mondays on A&E. It is filmed at Garson Studios in Santa Fe.

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