EXCLUSIVE: Universal Channel Picks Up UK Rights To ‘Major Crimes’ Season 3

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Universal Channel has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the third season of Major Crimes from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, TVWise has learned exclusively.

Created by James Duff, Major Crimes follows the major crimes unit of the LAPD under the command of Captain Sharon Raydor. The drama series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Kearran Giovanni, Graham Patrick Martin, Nadine Velazquez, Robert Gossett and Jonathan Del Arco.

The Mary McDonnell fronted procedural received an extended order of 19 episodes for its third season and ranks as TNT’s second highest rated series in the United States, with an average L7 audience of more than 7 million viewers. Those strong ratings prompted the network to order a 15 episode fourth season earlier today and they are also developing a potential spin-off starring Jon Tenney and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Universal Channel initially acquired Major Crimes in a two-season deal with WBITD back in February 2013. Since debuting its 10 episode first season in March that same year, Major Crimes has been a strong performer for Universal Channel and currently ranks as one of their highest rated series. Across the 19 episode second season, the series averaged 204K viewers; up some 37K or 22% on the season one average of 167K viewers.

Major Crimes’ third season is being eyed as a major part of Universal Channel’s Autumn schedule, with one source stating that they were “thrilled” to have secured the new season. It is expected to launch in September, slightly ahead of fellow TNT series The Librarians, acquired as part of a global deal inked by Universal Networks International last month, which is slated to premiere in December.