TNT has renewed dramas Falling Skies, The Last Ship and Major Crimes for next Summer.
The Turner owned cable network has picked up The Last Ship for a 13 episode second season, up from the 10 episodes ordered for season one; Major Crimes for a 15 episode fourth season; while sci-fi drama Falling Skies is poised to end its run next summer with a 10 episode fifth and final season.
Despite a slight drop in ratings this season for Falling Skies, all three of the series currently rank amongst basic cable’s Top 5 scripted series this summer with total viewers and adults 25-54 and have helped make TNT basic cable’s #1 network in primetime for the summer-to-date.
The fourth season of Falling Skies has been averaging more than 5.5 million viewers, 2.5 million adults in the 25-54 demo and 2.1 million in the adults 18-49 demo; freshman drama The Last Ship has been averaging more than 7.2 million viewers and ranks as basic cable’s #1 scripted series this summer with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54; finally, Major Crimes has been pulling in some 7 million viewers, up marginally from last season.
“TNT’s refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas,” said Michael Wright, President of TNT. “The Last Ship has become this summer’s top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. Major Crimes continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And Falling Skies has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year’s climactic final season.”
With the announcement, TNT has picked up a sizable chunk of their summer schedule for next season. The network has a track record of renewing their top three performing series around this time every year, but this marks the first time in recent memory that Rizzoli & Isles hasn’t made the cut – a notable move when one considers that the drama is basic cable’s #1 scripted series this summer. A renewal for the series is expected, however, and negotiations are underway with Warner Bros.