TNT's 'Dallas' Rides Tall with 6.9 Million Viewers, Ranking as the Year's Number 1 Scripted Cable Premiere

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June 14th, 2012

via press release:

Last night's eagerly anticipated premiere of TNT's Dallas struck it rich with 6,863,000 viewers, to rank as the #1 scripted series premiere on all of cable for the year-to-date. This marks the third consecutive summer TNT has scored a chart-topping series launch, following Rizzoli & Isles in 2010 and Falling Skies in 2011.

Competitively, TNT was #1 for the night among basic cable networks, with a 3.7 metered-market household rating. Dallas also outperformed all broadcast network programs head-to-head from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. On the demo front, Dallas drew 1,926,000 adults 18-49 and 2,482,000 adults 25-54.

About TNT's Dallas
The one and only Dallas is back with more great drama. J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to Southfork with their arsenal of secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. The battle for power, love and Southfork erupts in the new Dallas on TNT, airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The exciting drama stars Josh Henderson as John Ross, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing; Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher, Bobby’s adopted son; Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, John Ross’ girlfriend; Julie Gonzalo as Rebecca Sutter, Christopher’s fiancee; and Brenda Strong as Bobby’s wife, Ann. They are joined by the original series’ iconic stars: Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with pilot writer Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. TNT’s Dallas is based upon the series created by David Jacobs.

About TNT
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 The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Major Crimes, Perception and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer 's The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (w.t.) and 72 Hours (w.t.). 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.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

  • Bill Gorman

    For those keeping score at home, the adults 18-49 numbers equate to a 1.5 rating. Somewhat lower than our polled readers guessed.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    I thought this show was on Sundays. Completely missed it by accident.

  • rob60990

    good start but nothing record breaking.

  • Baqinardo

    That’s for 2 hrs right?
    I hope we can see hourly ratings or half hours later?
    I just wanna see if the show gained any viewers at the 2nd hour.

  • Dillan

    I was expecting higher in the demo, but these are still very good numbers.

  • LA_Boi

    I bet TNT was hoping for at least a 2.0 18-49 demo.

  • Marina

    This was eagerly anticipated, the real test will be next week, to see how many viewers they retain, personally I thought it was great, lots of twists don’t know who’s fooling who…

  • Lisa

    I watched the last several years of the original Dallas when they initially aired, and it was one of my favorite shows. I was concerned that this continuation would be bad, but it was really good. I loved seeing J.R., Bobby, and Sue Ellen again. (Plus Ray and Lucy.) Also, some of the new characters/actors will surely grow on me as it goes along.

  • Matto

    Good start for TNT, which has seen a slight decline in the ratings for Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer.

    6.9 Million isnt basd at all. I’m guessing next week it will be around 6.0-6.6 million, close to this week. A 1.5 also isnt bad for TNT, as shows like R&1 get a 1.0 or 0.9.

  • Christy

    I loved it, it far exceeded my expectations. It felt like classic Dallas.

  • Bill Gorman

    “I hope we can see hourly ratings or half hours later?”

    Highly unlikely we will get hour or half hour ratings. We don’t get them for cable shows normally, and if TNT was going to send them out, they’d have been in this press release.

  • Brandon

    Not surprised at the 1.5. I am in the 18-49 range and while my parents watched Dallas, all I remember is “Who shot JR?” and something about the dude from “Step By Step” coming out of a shower alive when ever one thought he was dead.

    That being said, I watched it and enjoyed it. I was a bit annoyed by the guy playing Patrick Duffy’s son. Not that good of an actor.

  • John A

    1.5 isnt that great. Its will fall to 1.0 by end of the season. Still it be renewed at that level. Falling Skies only hit for TNT.

  • Diana

    Really enjoyed the new Dallas. Looking forward to viewing it each Wednesday. Nice to have something other than those awful reality shows. The cast was very interesting and I can see where they are going to give us lots to think about. Haven’t been this excited since “24” went off the air.

  • Steph

    Go Dallas! It felt really nostalgic. I watched the original when I was a kid, and I just love JR and still do! Of the younger set, I actually like the women more than the boys.

  • Max

    So, let’s call a spade a spade.

    These numbers are NOT good.

    Marc Berman can go on and on about what is impressive and all but let’s look at the specifics.

    The 7 million viewers will fall to 5 or 6 within 2 weeks.
    The 1.5 demo is not a good start and that’s going to fall to a 1.0 throughout the season.

    So… this is not positive.

    Other TNT shows have performed way better in the past and others are performing better now. With ALL the promotion TNT put forward for this show, it has to be considered a disappointment.

    Nothing about any of this is good news.

  • Tested

    I’m very surprised it was that low. Don’t get me wrong, those are good numbers. I just thought with all the hype it would get 10 mill viewers and well over a 2 in the demo.

  • John

    Dang this skews OLD. I guess I’m not totally a surprise though given that the original premiered over 30 years ago.

  • sara881

    The most important channel here in Italy bought this series and aired it this fall in prime time. The last american series to have this honor was Dr.House years ago.

  • Colin

    Last year on TNT the eagerly anticipated Falling Skies started with 2.0. So this must be a disappointment for TNT.

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