TNT's Summer Schedule Continues to Top Weekly Cable Charts
TNT's summer slate continues to rule the ratings, with The Last Ship winning the week as basic cable's #1 scripted original with key adult demos and Major Crimes and Rizzoli & Isles ranking as basic cable's most-watched programs for the week. Combined with Perception, Murder In The First and Falling Skies, TNT scored six of basic cable's Top 10 scripted originals for the week, duplicating its success for the summer-to-date. In addition, TNT's summer dramas continue to draw a significant number of viewers through DVR usage, with the most recent Live + 7 data showing week-over-week growth for each of the shows on the slate.
The Last Ship ranked as basic cable's #1 scripted original for the week in Live + Same Day delivery of adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 and came in third behind Major Crimes and Rizzoli & Isles among total viewers. Time-shifted viewing has lifted the Aug. 3 episode of The Last Ship to 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, including 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-49. And the July 27 episode brought in a total of 6.9 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery (+5% vs. the prior week), with 2.8 million adults 25-54 (+8%) and 2.3 million adults 18-49 (+2%). The Last Ship continues to rank as basic cable's #1 new series for the year-to-date.
Major Crimes, which ranked as basic cable's #1 program for the week, has so far drawn 6.7 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for last Monday's episode, including 2.0 million adults 25-54 and 1.4 million adults 18-49. Meanwhile, the July 21 episode of Major Crimes grew to a final tally of 7.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, a+6% increase over the prior week's episode. In key demos, the July 21 episode garnered 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.7 million adults 18-49. Now in its third season, Major Crimes is showing across-the-board growth compared to season two, including a +4% uptick with total viewers.
Rizzoli & Isles came in second for the week behind Major Crimes in Live + Same Day delivery, but time-shifted viewing has actually pushed it ahead by growing Tuesday's audience to 7.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery. In key demos, last week's episode has risen to 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.9 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3. DVR usage propelled the July 22 episode of Rizzoli & Isles to 8.4 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, an +8% increase over the prior week. The episode also scored week-over-week demo growth, with 2.9 million adults 25-54 (+10%) and 2.4 million adults 18-49 (+8%) in Live + 7 delivery.
Falling Skies attracted 4.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for its Aug. 3 episode, including 1.8 million adults 25-54 and 1.6 million adults 18-49. The epic series' July 27 episode scored 4.7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery(+2% vs. the prior week), including 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49.
Perception has drawn more than 4.1 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for last Tuesday's episode (+2% vs. the prior week), including 1.4 million adults 25-54 (+2%) and 1.0 million adults 18-49 (+4%). In addition, Perception's July 22 episode scored 4.7 milion viewers in Live + 7 delivery (+9% vs. the prior week), with 1.6 million adults 25-54 (+4%) and 1.2 million adults 18-49 (matching the prior week).
Murder In The First drew 4.1 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for last Monday's episode, including 1.1 million adults 25-54 and 806,000 adults 18-49. Meanwhile, the July 21 episode of Murder In The First grew to a final total of4.3 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, with 1.2 million adults 25-54 and 897,000 adults 18-49, the latter increasing slightly over the prior week. Murder In The First ranks behind TNT's The Last Ship among basic cable's top new series for the year-to-date.