Blade TV Show Featuring Sticky Fingaz Draws Record Audience For Spike TV

Spike TV's first

original scripted action-adventure show Blade: The Series drew record

ratings for the cable TV network, pulling in 2.5 million viewers, making it

the most watched premiere of an original series Spike TV's history.

Rapper Kirk "Sticky

Fingaz" Jones is the star of the show, playing the title role as an immortal

half-man, half vampire who battles various creatures of the night, who are attempting

to take over mankind.

"We promised

action and adventure with our first scripted series and really delivered,"

said Doug Herzog, president, Spike TV. "Our targeted audience of men came

through for us with big numbers. Blade: The Series serves as a launch

pad for future original scripted shows."

The series also

features a supporting cast that includes Jill Wagner, Neil Jackson, Chthon House

and Nelson Lee.

Blade: The Series

is produced by New Line Television, along with the original producers of the

Blade film franchise.

Spike TV is available

in more than 90 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.