March 28, 2006
The Hollywood Reporter
'Montana' premiere draws north of 5 mil

Disney Channel saw a strong sampling Friday for the series premiere of its new live-action series "Hannah Montana." "Montana" scored the network's best numbers for series programming in households, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 in its 9:30 p.m. debut. All in all, the episode drew 5.4 million total viewers. "This is an unbelievable response -- beyond our wildest expectations," said Gary Marsh, president of entertainment at Disney Channel Worldwide " 'Hannah Montana' has broken out like no other Disney Channel series ever." (Andrew Wallenstein)