Leverage is back. Last night's season premiere averaged 3.688 million viewers and a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49. That's about ~30% better than the recent performance of Men of a Certain Age, which was just renewed for a second season of 10 episodes today.
It's impossible for us to handicap renewal prospects for most cable shows. It's probably a mistake to compare Leverage's performance with recent performance of Men of a Certain Age, at least in terms of thinking about Leverage's renewal prospects.
But recent performance of Men of a Certain Age is the only scripted drama on TNT with any recent data to compare. All things considered, my guess is that's a pretty solid performance for Leverage.
Update: Leverage has already been renewed for a third season - the split seasons confuse me! Last night was just the "winter premiere" of Season 2. The third season premieres this summer.
The penultimate summer episode of Leverage averaged a 1.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.73 million viewers. The summer finale averaged 3.367 million viewers.
More info via @TVBill:
The ratings report I get noted that it was up 30% from what part one of Season Two was averaging. It also said these were LEVERAGE’s second highest numbers to date; and highest ratings in over a year, dating back to its series premiere on 12/7/08. All in all, I think it was a pretty good night for them.