The news just keeps getting better for TNT. The cabler, which is having a very strong year, has now laid claim to two more cable ratings records. With time shifted viewing figures now in, the network’s flagship series for the past seven years The Closer finished its run on TNT as the highest rated series finale in basic cable history and spin-off series Major Crimes also posted gains in live+7 to become the highest rated series launch in basic cable history.
The series finale of The Closer posted 11.2 million total viewers, 2.7 million adults 18-49 and 3.6 million adults 25-54 in live+7. The series finale also score a 7.2 national household rating. Those numbers, which broke previous ratings records for basic cable, surpasses the 2009 series finale of Monk, which delivered 10.6 million total viewers. The Closer’s series finale also outstripped previous records in terms of household ratings ahead of the series finale of The Sopranos, which scored a 6.7 HH rating; Sex and the City which scored a 6.5 HH rating; and Monk, which scored a 6.1 HH rating. In addition, the final six episodes of The Closer averaged 8.7 million viewers, with 2.1 million adults 18-49 and 2.8 million adults 25-54 in Live+7.
The series premiere of the Mary McDonnell fronted drama series Major Crimes also broke ratings records and posted 9.5 million total viewers, 2.2 million adults 18-49 and 2.9 million adults 25-54 in live+7. As the highest rated series launch in basic cable history, Major Crimes outperformed the previous ratings highs set by July 12, 2010, debut of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles (9.1 million total viewers) and the Sept. 1, 2008, premiere of TNT’s Raising the Bar (8.6 million total viewers). Series to date, Major Crimes has been averaging 6.3 million total viewers in live+same day.
Speaking of the ratings records set by the series finale of The Closer and the series premiere of Major Crimes, Michael Wright, President and head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM, said: “As wonderful as it is to see The Closer claim yet another page in the record books, it’s extremely gratifying that Major Crimes has taken its own place in cable history.”