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TNT Summer Series Heat Up Weekly Ratings

Propelled by its lineup of original series, TNT ranked as basic cable’s #1 network for the week in primetime delivery of adults 18-49. Leading the pack, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Perception reigned as basic cable’s Top 3 programs for the week in total viewers.

Via Press Release:

In the race for demos, TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles were among basic cable’s Top 5 dramas for the week with adults 18-49. They were joined by The Closer to account for three of basic cable’s Top 5 scripted programs for the week with adults 25-54.

So far this summer, TNT’s primetime deliveries are up 10% among total viewers, +10% among adults 18-49 and +9% among adults 25-54, compared to summer 2011. TNT is currently home to cable’s Top 4 scripted summer series among total viewers – #1) The Closer, #2) Perception, #3) Rizzoli & Isles and #4) Dallas – as well as two of basic cable’s Top 5 summer dramas among adults 18-49 and four of the Top 5 with adults 25-54.

Monday:

Basic cable’s most-watched program for the week, The Closer, and the new hit series Perception eached achieved solid growth in Live + Same Day delivery last week, outperforming the prior week’s summer premieres among key adult demos.

Last Monday’s episode of The Closer drew 6.4 million viewers in Live + Same Day, topping the previous week’s summer premiere by +4%. Among key demos, The Closer averaged 1.3 million adults 18-49 in Live + Same Day (+3% vs. prior week) and 1.8 million adults 25-54 (+8%).

TNT’s newest original series, Perception, remained strong in its second week, with a total audience of 5.3 million viewers in Live + Same Day. Perception chalked up solid demo growth compared to the prior week’s series premiere, growing its delivery of adults 18-49 by +12% to 1.2 million and adults 25-54 by +8% to 1.7 million.

Tuesday:

Ranking second behind The Closer among basic cable’s top shows for the week and first among basic cable’s Tuesday programs, Rizzoli & Isles pulled in 5.8 million viewers in Live + Same Day, up 6% compared to the prior week. Among key demos, Rizzoli & Isles averaged 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54.

TNT’s light-hearted legal drama Franklin & Bash drew 2.9 million viewers in Live + Same Day, up 6% compared to the prior week. Franklin & Bash brought in 937,000 adults 18-49 and 1.1 million adults 25-54.

Wednesday:

Last week’s episode of TNT’s hit series Dallas scored 3.9 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery, up 7% over the prior week’s episode. Dallas also drew 1.2 million adults 18-49 and grew its delivery of adults 25-54 by +7% to 1.5 million.

 

Sunday:

With its second summer episode, TNT’s popular caper series Leverage ranked as basic cable’s #1 program in the Sunday 8 p.m. timeslot with adults 25-54. The show drew a total of 2.6 million viewers in Live + Same Day, 899,000 adults 18-49 and 1.1 million adults 25-54.

TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies ranked as basic cable’s #1 Sunday program among adults 25-54 and #1 scripted program with adults 18-49. This week’s episode drew 3.4 million viewers in Live + Same Day, with 1.5 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54.

Sunday night’s installment of The Great Escape garnered 1.1 million viewers in Live + Same Day, with 554,000 adults 18-49 and 611,000 adults 25-54.

Live + 7:

TNT’s series are enjoying strong growth in Live + 7 deliveries according to the most recent time-shifted viewing data:

Rizzoli & Isles (July 3): 8.1 million viewers; 2.4 million adults 18-49; 3.0 million adults 25-54

Franklin & Bash (July 3): 4.9 million viewers; 2.0 million adults 18-49; 2.2 million adults 25-54

Dallas (July 4): 5.1 million viewers; 2.0 million adults 18-49; 2.4 million adults 25-54

Falling Skies (July 8): 5.6 million viewers; 2.6 million adults 18-49; 3.0 million adults 25-54

The Great Escape (July 8): 1.7 million viewers; 1.0 million adults 18-49; 1.0 million adults 25-54

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