Pretty Little Liars Debuts to Huge Ratings, Welcomes Special Guest Star

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Following this week's pilot episode of Pretty Little Liars, we have one thing to say to The CW executive that passed on this show: Sucks to be you!

The drama premiered to 2.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched debut in ABC Family history, and earning a higher rating that average episodes of 90210 and Gossip Girl.

The series will move forward with an episode on June 15 titled "The Jenna Thing" (watch a preview for it NOW), along with a special guest-starring appearance.

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Sara Shepard, the author who penned the books on which Pretty Little Liars is based, will make a cameo later this summer as substitute teacher at Rosewood High School. She'll appear in episode seven.

Says star Lucy Hale of Shepard and her novels: "When I got involved in the show, I went and bought all of [the books]. I'm now on the seventh one... I can't stop reading them. They're addictive."

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A 2.5 premiere is not that good. Both 90210 and Gossip Girl made WAY more than that on their series premiere. I checked the ratings and PLL's women demo did not score as high as Gossip Girl's or Vampire Diaries (the two shows with the highest women demo on the CW). With all the advertising the network did for this show, I thought the ratings were going to be more than 3 Mill.

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"The drama premiered to 2.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched debut in ABC Family history, and earning a higher rating that average episodes of 90210 and Gossip Girl." okay it was just the seaon preimer, thats how all shows start because people want to know what its about.. believe me its a good show but the rating wont stay this high for long. and just saying, gossip girl is so much better!

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The CW always makes terrible decisions.It's bad when a cable channel is getting higher ratings in total viewers and demos then more then half your shows. The reason people aren't watching The CW is, because a lot of their programming sucks.

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How huge can ratings get on television? I mean seriously, who are you trying to lie to? If you want to make a successful tv series based on a story, choose a story that caters to the market you're trying to sell to.

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