'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Scores TLC's Highest Ratings Ever'Sarah Palin's Alaska' set a ratings record for TLC on Sunday night, notching 5 million viewers for the premiere, a number Gawker calls "huge for cable."

The show, part reality TV, part documentary travel series, is an eight-parter following the omnipresent Republican showing off her native state.

"Some are calling the series a 2012 campaign ad," notes The Hollywood Reporter, "while producer Mark Burnett [of 'Survivor' fame] has defended the show as 'completely non political.' "