Mark-Paul Gosselaar and J. August Richards in Raising the Bar by Karen Neal/TNT Mark-Paul Gosselaar and J. August Richards in Raising the Bar by Karen Neal/TNT

Was it because of or despite Mark-Paul Gosselaar's lush, anti-Zack locks? Regardless, Steven Bochco's new legal drama for TNT, Raising the Bar, on Monday night premiered to more than 7.7 million viewers, making it basic cable's most-watched original series premiere ever. (The previous record, 7.4 mil, was set in 2004 by USA Network's The 4400.)

"We are shocked," Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin tells Variety. "We were just hoping to be in the 5 million range." - Matt Mitovich

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