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NM-filmed ‘Midnight, Texas’ debuts with 3.6 million viewers

Francois Arnaud as Manfred in “Midnight, Texas.” (Cathy Kanavy/NBC)

NBC’s freshman drama “Midnight, Texas” scared up some ratings on Monday night — winning the 9 p.m. time slot.

The supernatural drama drew in 3.6 million viewers total and a 0.9 in the coveted adults 18-49 rating with its premiere.

The highly anticipated show — which was filmed in New Mexico — ranks as the highest rated drama series premiere this summer.

The series is based on the New York Times best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris — author of the novels that inspired HBO’s hit “True Blood.”

Harris — who consulted on the series — said it’s been amazing to see how the show has progressed since the beginning.

“I’ve been through this process before,” she said. “It’s special to the characters that I’ve developed come to life on screen. It never gets old and I’m welcoming viewers to Midnight.”

“Midnight, Texas” is set in a remote Texas town where being normal is strange and outsiders are welcome.

It follows the many characters — a vampire, a witch, a psychic and so much more — as they form a family bond to fight off outside pressures.

Cast and crew filmed the 10-episodes from October through February. The production was housed at Albuquerque Studios.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production employed over 450 New Mexico crew members and about 1,800 New Mexico background talent workers.

The series airs at 9 p.m. Mondays.

From left, Francois Arnaud as Manfred and Dylan Bruce as Bobo in the premiere of “Midnight, Texas. The series debuted with 3.6 million viewers. (Cathy Kanavy/NBC)