TNT's MAJOR CRIMES Returns to 6.7 Million Viewers
TNT's packed summer slate got off to a roaring start last night, with the hit series Major Crimes scoring a total of 6.7 million viewers for its season 3 premiere and encore, and the powerful new drama Murder In The First garnering 4.9 million viewers for its series debut and encore. Both series now sit atop this year's ratings charts for premieres. Major Crimes, which drew 5.2 million viewers at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) now ranks as basic cable's #1 scripted season premiere for the year-to-date. Murder in the First, which brought in 3.8 million viewers at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), ranks as the #1 new series launch on basic cable so far this year.
On the demo front, Major Crimes took in combined deliveries of 1.6 million adults 18-49, including 1.2 million for the 9 p.m. season premiere, and 2 million adults 25-54, including 1.5 million for the premiere. The Steven Bochco-produced Murder In The First clocked in with a total of 1.1 million adults 18-49 (808,000 for its 10 p.m. launch telecast) and 1.4 million adults 25-54 (1.1 million for the launch). The premiere telecast now ranks as one of the year's Top 10 new series launches on basic cable with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
Major Crimes chalked up across-the-board growth compared to last summer's season 2 premiere. The 9 p.m. telecast grew by +3% among total viewers, +6% among adults 25-54 and +1% among adults 18-49. The combined premiere and encore audience was also up by +3% compared to last year.
"Last night was a terrific opening night for TNT's summer lineup, as well as the start of what's certain to be a summer of outstanding TNT dramas," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We are extremely proud of these two series. Major Crimes is a true mega-hit as it enters its third season, with an ensemble cast that's second to none. Murder In The First is off and running with an utterly captivating mystery brought to life by an amazing cast."