TNT's THE LAST SHIP Ranks as No. 1 for Basic Cable in Key Demos
TNT's summer dramas dominated the weekly ratings race, with The Last Ship topping the charts as basic cable's #1 scripted original for the week with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 and Rizzoli & Isles ranking as basic cable's #1 scripted program with total viewers. TNT also scored success with Falling Skies and Major Crimes, which both ranked among the top scripted originals for the week with key demos, as well as Perception and Murder in the First, which joined the other series in giving TNT seven of basic cable's Top 10 scripted programs for the week in total viewers.
Over all, TNT ranked as basic cable's #1 entertainment network for the week in primetime, with more than 2.3 million viewers and strong +18% growth compared to the same week last year. TNT is currently on pace to rank as basic cable's #1 network in Primetime delivery of total viewers and key demos for Q2 2014. Turner's basic cable ratings packet for last week will be released shortly.
The following is a rundown of basic cable ratings victories TNT's summer dramas scored for the week:
Seven of basic cable's Top 10 scripted originals with total viewers, including all of the Top 4:
#1 Rizzoli & Isles: 5.8 million viewers Tuesday at 9 p.m.
#2 The Last Ship: 5.3 million viewers Sunday at 9 p.m.
#3 Major Crimes: 4.6 million viewers Monday at 9 p.m.
#4 Falling Skies: 3.7 million viewers Sunday at 10 p.m.
Perception: 3.1 million viewers Tuesday at 10 p.m.
Murder in the First: 2.9 million viewers Monday at 10 p.m.
Rizzoli & Isles encore: 2.7 million viewers Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Three of basic cable's Top 4 scripted originals with adults 18-49, including #1:
#1 The Last Ship: 1.5 million adults 18-49 Sunday at 9 p.m.
Falling Skies: 1.3 million adults 18-49 Sunday at 10 p.m.
Rizzoli & Isles: 1.3 million adults 18-49 Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Basic cable's Top 4 scripted originals with adults 25-54:
#1 The Last Ship: 1.7 million adults 25-54 Sunday at 9 p.m.
#2 Rizzoli & Isles: 1.7 million adults 25-54 Tuesday at 9 p.m.
#3 Falling Skies: 1.5 million adults 25-54 Sunday at 10 p.m.
#4 Major Crimes: 1.3 million adults 25-54 Monday at 9 p.m.
As reported yesterday, The Last Ship now ranks as cable's #1 series launch for the year-to-date, leading a pack that gives TNT five of cable's Top 6 scripted season premieres for the year-to-date in Live + Same Day delivery.
Also last week, TNT's real-life investigation series Cold Justice garnered a total of 2.3 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for Friday night's 9 p.m. summer premiere and midnight encore. The show's premiere telecast at 9 p.m., which delivered more than 1.7 million viewers in Live + Same Day, outperformed the show's second-season premiere in January by +22%. Cold Justice also surpassed its overall Live + Same Day winter average by +19%.
In key demos, Friday night's Cold Justice premiere garnered a total of 935,000 adults 25-54 (+14% over the show's winter average) and 685,000 adults 18-49 (+14%). In addition, the second season of Cold Justice continues to show growth in Live + Same Day delivery of key demos compared to season 1, with adults 25-54 up +5% and adults 18-49 up +16%.
In time-shifted viewing, last Monday's episode of Major Crimes has grown to 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, while that night's episode of Murder In The First has climbed to 4.5 million viewers in Live + 3. Meanwhile, Tuesday's season 5 premiere of Rizzoli & Isles has grown to 8 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, and the season 3 premiere of Perception's has grown to 4.4 million viewers in Live + 3.
TNT is television's destination for drama. Seen in 101 million households and ranking among cable's top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies, The Last Ship, Murder in the First, Perception, Dallas and Franklin & Bash. TNT's upcoming slate of original scripted dramas includes Legends, The Librarians, Public Morals, Proof and Transporter The Series, which will make its U.S. television debut on the network this fall. TNT also features such dramatic unscripted series as Cold Justice and the upcoming On the Menu and Wake Up Call. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Hawaii Five-0, Castle, The Mentalist, Bones and Supernatural; Primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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