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.

  • Marie

    Wonderful premiere!! So happy Dallas is back!! Finally something good to watch instead of crappy reality shows.

  • Justin J. Poppiti, Esq.

    It’s ridiculous how one is not able to reply to a specific comment on this damn site.

  • Don

    @s.lisi “The script was awful and the acting was even worse.”

    SO DON’T WATCH IF IT OFFENDS YOU. To all the other naysayers.. same goes for you too. All your comments are UGLY.

  • JED

    Excellent. Far better than that reality show and game show rubbish offered by the other networks in prime time. TNT needs to seriously get to work on the “Dynasty” reboot now – this is a genre which is still loved by millions, and if the major networks don’t want to offer it, I am more than happy to watch cable to get quality entertainment.

  • Patsy

    Love, love, loved it! JR, Bobby & Sue Ellen still have it going on! Loved the new stars too. So glad it had good ratings. Can’t wait to see the next episode!

  • Dallas Girl

    love it, just like old times who cares about the wrinkles.

  • Lion King


    Will definitely be tuning in on Wednesday and every Wednesday after that until the season ends.

  • Queenie

    OMG this was great!!! I was laughing so hard…. You got to keep JR in he’s still the show. Larry Hagman, no one can replace you. Back in the day we didn’t go out on Fridays until Dallas went off. The kids are ok too, but JR and Bobby will always be “Dallas”.

    Keep it coming… I can’t wait!!!

  • Craig Pinson

    I loved Dallas the first time it ever came out and I love the news series even better please DONT take it off the air

  • LanaK

    Dallas is my fav new show.
    I remember watching it as a kid with my parents.
    We saw the new one and loved it.

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