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Ratings for NBC's 'The Cape' were not so heroic in Sunday premiere

January 10, 2011 |  9:04 am

NBC's new superhero series "The Cape" wasn't so super in its Sunday premiere.

The two-hour special delivered an anemic average of 8.4 million total viewers, a soft opening for such a heavily promoted series.

However, the show did win the 10 p.m. time slot during its second hour.

"The Cape," which stars David Lyons as a cop imbued with special powers through a costume, is critical to NBC's sagging fortunes because it's the network's highest-profile mid-season entry. With NFL football out of the picture, the network needs the show to develop a strong following.

"The Cape" starts its usual 9 p.m. Monday run on Jan. 17.

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-- Scott Collins

Photo: David Lyons in "The Cape." Credit: Justin Lubin / NBC