via press release:
TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles Closes Out Summer with 6 Million Viewers,
Largest Audience for Season 3
TNT‘s hit series Rizzoli & Isles closed out its summer run last night with 6 million viewers, the drama’s largest Live + Same Day audience of the season. That’s up 36% over the previous episode and +7% over last year’s summer finale. Rizzoli & Isles currently ranks third behind TNT’s The Closer and Major Crimes among basic cable’s most-watched scripted series this summer.
Rizzoli & Isles also showed solid demo growth over its most recent episode, with 1.6 million adults 18-49 (+55%) and 2.0 million adults 25-54 (+49%). Compared to last year’s summer finale, the episode was up 21% with adults 18-49 and 10% with adults 25-54.
Last night’s performance by Rizzoli & Isles brings its Live + Same Day average this summer to 5.4 million viewers, 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54. The show has grown considerably through time-shifted viewing, with the first eight episodes averaging more than 8 million viewers in Live + 7, including 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 2.9 million adults 25-54. Rizzoli & Isles is set to return this November to finish up its third season.
About Rizzoli & Isles
TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as television’s smartest (and most attractive) crime-solving duo. Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles stars Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that lets them solve complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Lee Thompson Young, Bruce McGill, Jordan Bridges, Brian Goodman and Lorraine Bracco. The series comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television and is executive-produced by Janet Tamaro of Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber of Ostar Productions, as well as Michael Katleman.
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer’s The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; 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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