How Will the New 'Dallas' Rate in its TNT Premiere?

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June 13th, 2012

Update: the ratings are in. The premiere of TNT's Dallas drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and 6.9 million total viewers.

Dallas, a continuation of the classic primetime soap, premieres tonight on TNT. How well do you think the return to Southfork will do among adults 18-49? On one hand, everyone knows the show and the marketing campaign has been stellar. On the other hand, a lot of people who loved the original are now over the age of 49. Hawaii Five-O has proved that a classic show can be successfully updated, but the short lives of the Melrose Place, Bionic Woman and Charlie's Angels reboots have shown that the audience does not always respond to reboots.

To aid in your prognostication, you can read my interviews with the show's stars  Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    I’m really hoping, at least in millions of viewers that this does spectacular. I never watched the original and still don’t know whether I’ll be watching this continuation, but I’d love to continue seeing cable networks, especially the better ones (TNT, AMC, USA) get broadcast numbers. With those great numbers come $$$, and then these networks can keep making the quality shows that broadcast networks fail to deliver, at least in drama.

  • Shim

    Did you ask Marc Berman? He has a major boner for this show and can’t stop taking about it. He’s predicting record numbers

  • Mike

    My guess is for the premiere audience to be in the 9-10 million range, with a demo number in the low 2’s. I would guess around a 2.2. I predict the show will settle around the mid 1’s in the demo.

  • Mike

    Marc Berman is obsessed with anything from the 70s and 80s. I think he tweeted 50 times about a “Father Knows Best” marathon that was on over the weekend.

  • Greg

    I expect The Closer ratings, something between a 1.4-1.7. It sounds like an older-skewing show.

  • alffan

    I want this to work so bad so we might have a shot to get them to do the same thing for Knot’s Landing…

  • Dillan

    I think the premiere will get a 2.2 or a 2.1. Then the show will probably average around 1.3-1.7 range through the rest of the season.

  • David

    It will have a lot of viewers, but the problem will be if it can get the younger viewers that it needs. It could end up like Harry’s Law and have more viewers, but still get canned. I think if there is any show this will happen to right now, it will be Dallas.

    I will watch out of curiosity, but I am not expecting much from this show even with how hyped up my mom is about it (actually asked me how to use a DVR for the first time).

  • Joseph

    At least it won’t have to go up against an NBA playoff game!


  • Jordan

    To aid in our “prognostication” OR to aid your page views on that site? :P

  • Baqinardo

    The ads cut almost half screen during Franklin and Bash.
    It was annoying. It made me wanting this show to fail =_=
    But i think it’ll be high 1’s.

  • wes

    As long as Perception does well, I don’t care.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I wish it well, but it’s not STUPID enough by today’s standards to succeed like — HOUSEWIVES of OC, or JERSEY SHORE, or LIZZARD LICKING TOWING, DUCK DYNASTY, KENDRA ON TOP, SHANNON SAYS, etc. I think you get my point…

  • Sid

    I’ve never seen the original, but my parents have and they have no interest in this remake or “continuation”.

    I’m not really interested, but if I were to guess, I’d say at least a 2.0 for the premiere and it would probably spiral down afterwards.

  • sammy

    jordana Brewster hello! the premier will hv great ratings not sure how lomg those ratings will be sustained for!

  • David


    Why would you ignore the fact that we have more scripted shows than ever?

  • CarShark

    I think it’ll debut pretty big without a basketball game to compete against. So You Think You Can Dance and Duets won’t really hurt it. Nothing else on cable is going to hit a 1.0, I don’t think. I’m going to go out on a limb and say 2.5 for the debut, and high 1s to low 2s for the rest of the season.

  • Nick

    It’ll get between a 1.3-1.6. It will be older-skewing. A 1.7-2.0 in 25-54.
    It will fall to 0.9-1.1 18-49 and 1.2-1.5 25-54.

  • cimmer

    I’m expecting a big debut, not too much of a drop off over the next few weeks but it could hit the skids pretty fast if the new generation can’t chew up the scenery like the old guard. It’s going to be hard to compete with JR and Bobby et al, they’re the ones my eyes are drawn to just in the Ads so the younger cast members need to produce someone who is of that caliber.

  • DenverDean

    Bet there are DVR problems. I scrolled on screen and saw that Dallas extended into next hour. I recorded it and it showed 75 minutes and that didn’t sound right. Didn’t realize “second” hour was a separate DVR episode. Won’t be surprised if there is a huge drop-off in second hour. I decide to pass after all the negative reviews.

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