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'Secret Diary of a Call Girl': Premiere sexes up Showtime ratings

June 17, 2008 |  4:24 pm
Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Showtime might just have a shiny new hit on its hands.

Monday's premiere of the British sex comedy "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" scored nearly 1 million viewers at 10:30 p.m., giving the cable network its biggest premiere in four years. Its top-rated series, the serial killer drama "Dexter," premiered in 2006 to 604,000.

"Diary" follows the escapades of Hannah Baxter, a.k.a. Belle (Billie Piper), a 27-year-old grad student who moonlights as a high-class escort in London. Reviews of the show have ranged from raves to rants.

The showing held on to an impressive 70% of its lead-in audience that tuned in for the fourth-season premiere of "Weeds."

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Billie Piper as Hannah Baxter in "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." Tiger Aspect/Showtime