The New Mike Hammer is an American television series based on the exploits of the fictitious New York-based private detective Mike Hammer. The show starred Stacy Keach and was essentially a continuation of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, an earlier television program featuring an identical core cast. In fact, similarities between The New Mike Hammer and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer are so close that many often group the two shows together under the same "Mike Hammer" umbrella. It was a ratings disappointment, ranking a distant second in its timeslot, undoubtedly due to it having to do battle with the NBC's Top 20 hits The Golden Girls and Amen, although it did manage to far outrank ABC's low-rated Heart of the City in that timeslot. It ranked 59th out of 79 shows with an average rating/share of 11.9/19.