Ratings Notes for TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and truTV + DVR #s for ‘The Closer,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles’

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via ratings notes from Turner:

TNT
TNT’s The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles wrapped up their record-breaking seasons last week, cementing their status as ad-supported cable’s top two series.  The Closer is on pace to enjoy its best season ever, while Rizzoli & Isles ranks as the top new series of the year.

The summer finale of The Closer garnered more than 7.2 million viewers and 5.4 million households in Live + Same Day delivery, scoring as ad-supported cable’s top series telecast for the week.  Rizzoli & Isles came in second with 6.6 million viewers and more than 5 million households.

New time-shifted viewing data reveals
The Closer’s audience for the Aug. 30 episode grew from 7.6 million viewers in Live + Same Day to 9 million in Live + 7.  This was the series’ best performance of the season and followed directly on the heels of Kyra Sedgwick’s Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.  Meanwhile, the Aug. 30 episode of Rizzoli & Isles grew from 6.4 million viewers in Live + Same Day to more than 8.4 million viewers in Live + 7.

For The Closer’s sixth season, the series is averaging 8.5 million viewers in Live + 7 (through Aug. 30), which is on pace to rank as the series’ best season ever.  Rizzoli & Isles is scoring blockbuster numbers in its first season, with 8.7 million viewers in Live + 7.

Time-shifted data is now available for the Sept. 5 summer finale of TNT’s hit series Leverage, which grew its audience from 3.7 million viewers in Live + Same Day to more than 5.1 million in Live + 7.  Delivery of adults 18-49 grew from 1.3 million to 2 million, and delivery of adults 25-54 grew from 1.5 million to 2.3 million.

Leverage wrapped up the summer with an outstanding season average of 4.5 million viewers, 1.9 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54.  The series grew its delivery of adults 18-49 by 5% compared to last season and held steady among viewers and adults 25-54.

Adult Swim
Adult Swim’s newest original comedy CHILDRENS HOSPITAL (12 a.m.) earned double- and triple-digit delivery increases among all targeted young adult demos, compared to the same time period last year.  Adults 18-34 delivery (771,000) increased by 61%, adults 18-24 delivery (478,000) increased by 97%, adults 18-49 delivery (876,000) increased by 25%, men 18-34 delivery (471,000) increased by 83%, men 18-24 delivery (328,000) increased by 122%, and men 18-49 delivery (561,000) increased by 49%.

Another original series, MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENHOLE (12:15 a.m.) also earned double-digit increases compared to last year’s time period.  Adults 18-34 delivery (665,000) expanded by 35%, adults 18-24 delivery (388,000) expanded by 58%, adults 18-49 delivery (773,000) expanded by 19%, men 18-34 delivery (440,000) expanded by 64%, men 18-24 delivery (284,000) expanded by 72% and men 18-49 delivery (536,000) expanded by 41%.

Compared to the same week in 2009, Adult Swim overall earned total day delivery increases among all targeted young adult demos.  Adults 18-24 delivery (247,000) grew by 2%, adults 18-34 delivery (466,000) grew by 3%, and adults 18-49 delivery (648,000) grew by 5%.

Adult Swim telecasts—including FAMILY GUY, VENTURE BROS., ROBOT CHICKEN and its newest original series CHILDRENS HOSPITAL—accounted for 16 of the Top 50 telecasts of the week on ad-supported basic cable among adults 18-34, more than any other network.  Adult Swim programs accounted for 18 of the top 50 telecasts among men 18-34, more than any other network.

Cartoon Network
Last Friday night’s series premiere of Genndy Tartakovsky’s SYM-BIONIC TITAN (8 p.m.) posted strong double-digit growth across all targeted kids and boys demos, vs. the same time period last year.  Kids 6-11 delivery (687,000) increased by 30% and ratings (2.8) by 27%; kids 2-11 delivery (956,000) increased by 24% and ratings (2.3) by 21%; kids 9-14 delivery (533,000) increased by 43% and ratings (2.2) by 47%; boys 6-11 delivery (576,000) increased by 35% and ratings (4.5) by 32%; boys 2-11 delivery (776,000) increased by 29% and ratings (3.7) by 28%; and boys 9-14 delivery (443,000) increased by 28% and ratings (3.6) by 29%.

Later in the evening, the Season 3 premiere of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (9 p.m.) propelled delivery and ratings into the stratosphere, charting double and triple-digit gains among kids & boys demos.  Versus the previous year’s timeslot, kids 6-11 delivery (984,000) grew by 85% and ratings (4.0) by 82%; kids 2-11 delivery (1,155,000) grew by 51% and ratings (2.8) by 47%; kids 9-14 delivery (978,000) grew by 158% and ratings (4.0) by 150%; boys 6-11 delivery (875,000) grew by 104% and ratings (6.9) by 103%; boys 2-11 delivery (999,000) grew by 61% and ratings (4.7) by 62%; and boys 9-14 delivery (858,000) grew by 157% and ratings (6.9) by 156%.

Overall, the Friday night line-up (7-10 p.m.) of action-adventure animated programming pushed average kids 6-11 delivery (738,000) up by 14%, kids 9-14 delivery (672,000) up by 52%, boys 6-11 delivery (632,000) up by 32% and boys 9-14 delivery (580,000) up by 58%.

Cartoon Network’s Monday night programming block of animated comedies (7-10 p.m.) continued to surge ahead with significant ratings and delivery gains compared to the same time period last year.  Overall kids 6-11 delivery (580,000) and ratings (2.3) both improved by 21%; kids 2-11 delivery (848,000) improved by 16% and ratings (2.0) by 11%; and kids 9-14 delivery (471,000) improved by 18% and ratings (1.9) by 19%.

ADVENTURE TIME (8 p.m.) continued to serve as an anchor for the evening—kids 6-11 delivery (869,000) improved by 45%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,182,000) improved by 42% and kids 9-14 delivery (691,000) improved by 35%.  Similarly, boys 6-11 delivery (707,000) improved by 63%, boys 2-11 delivery (968,000) improved by 58% and boys 9-14 delivery (546,000) improved by 50%.

The newest Cartoon Network original series, REGULAR SHOW (8:15 p.m.) once again in its second week scored solid double-digit gains among all kids and boys demos vs. the prior year.  Kids 6-11 delivery (921,000) expanded by 47%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,217,000) expanded by 35%, kids 9-14 delivery (699,000) expanded by 40%, boys 6-11 delivery (765,000) expanded by 69%, boys 2-11 delivery (996,000) expanded by 51%, and boys 9-14 delivery (546,000) expanded by 45%.

Immediately following was the new series MAD (8:30 p.m.), also in its second week, which charted gains among older kids: kids 6-11 delivery (744,000) grew by 3%, kids 9-14 delivery (622,000) grew by 26%, boys 6-11 delivery (615,000) grew by 28%, and boys 9-14 delivery (508,000) grew by 46%.

Growing delivery across every kid demo over its previous week, TOTAL DRAMA WORLD TOUR (Monday, 9 p.m.) also wrapped up the evening with double-digit gains compared to last year’s 2009 time period.  Kids 6-11 delivery (627000) improved by 44%; kids 2-11 delivery (871,000) improved by 35%, kids 9-14 delivery (595,000) improved by 89%, boys 6-11 delivery (478,000) improved by 30%, boys 2-11 delivery (654,000) improved by 28% and boys 9-14 delivery (469,000) improved by 71%.

truTV
truTV
enjoyed an outstanding week as the network ranked among ad-supported cable’s Top 10 for the week in delivery of men 18-34 (131,000) and men 18-49 (294,000).

The network also garnered solid growth over the same week last year, with total viewers up 9%, adults 18-34 up 10% and adults 18-49 up 12%.

truTV’s new series Ma’s Roadhouse scored 1.3 million viewers for its back-to-back premiere episodes, up 10% over the network’s Q3 2010 primetime average.  The show also outdelivered truTV’s Q3 prime average by 24% among adults 18-49 (691,000) and 32% among men 18-49 (407,000).

The Wednesday 9:30 p.m. episode of Ma’s Roadhouse ranked among cable’s Top 5 entertainment programs in its timeslot in delivery of men 18-49 (445,000).  Other truTV series that ranked among their respective timeslots’ Top 5 cable entertainment programs with key male demos included Hardcore Pawn, The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest… and Operation Repo.

TBS
TBS’s Wednesday night hit Tyler Perry’s Meet the Brown once again led the pack with ad-supported cable’s top sitcom telecasts for the week.  The 10 p.m. episode garnered more than 2.4 million viewers.  The 10:30 p.m. episode built on that success, with more than 2.6 million viewers.

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