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TruTV's 'Hardcore Pawn: Chicago' Gives Network Best Launch Ever
By Michael O'Connell ,  The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter -- Hardcore Pawn is no one-trick pony. The TruTV series' Chicago-based spinoff premiered to record numbers Tuesday night. The first episode pulled in 2.1 million viewers at 9:30 p.m., just beating the previous network record of 2 million set by Hardcore Pawn in 2010. Hardcore Pawn: Chicago also bested previous series openers in key demos, nabbing 1 million adults 18-to-49 and 602,000 men in the demo. As for the parent series, Hardcore Pawn remains on top. A new episode, which aired at 9 p.m. and gave Chicago a hefty lead-in, drew 2.8 million viewers. In the demos, the show brought in 1.4 million in 18-to-49 and 827,000 men in the demo. Jan. 1 now ranks as TruTV's second-most-watched Tuesday night ever in total viewers.

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