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.

  • Baqinardo

    Yeah, i think half hour ratings very highly unlikely too.
    But i hope in [Wednesday] daily cable ratings they’ll separate 9PM and 10PM ratings like they did with Teen Mom yesterday :D

  • TimsDale4ever

    Wow, No. 1 premiere for all of cable scripted shows this year? And nearly 2 million in the 18-49 category. They gotta be happy with these numbers…


    The numbers are good, quit bashing….TNT will renew it for another season. Overseas will buy it like crazy, just as they did the old one. Dallas, like CSI, is a trademark many overseas know….I smell a cash cow for TNT, even if they don’t realize it yet.

  • Don

    Absolutely the worst acting and script of any show on TV. This show wont last 3 weeks.
    Gets points for:
    Worst acting of 2012
    Worst script in the last 10 years of TV
    Horrible sound track, bad lighting and set design
    All in all a HUGE disaster that had the potential of being a gold mine
    Everyone on the new Dallas should try disassociate and run away.
    Sorry boys and girls. One big joke and not bad enough to be funny

  • RT

    The show had to lose numbers as it went on..It was unwatchable.

  • peter

    Falling Skies did much better.

    I predict that Dallas will fall in the 4 million viewers range and 1.0 A18-49 by episode 8.

  • Greg

    It’s not gonna be a hit (even TNT must have known that, most people who watched the original series are older than 49), but it’s coming back for a second season.

  • Jonathan

    Word of mouth and the watercolor factor is going to be huge for this show! Many people including myself were very skeptic of whether the show would live up to all the hype. I am here to tell you that it did and it was incredible! Everyone I see in all the message boards talk about how much they loved it and can’t wait till next week. I wouldn’t be surprised if it grows!

  • Jonathan

    @Don Adele was featured on the show, horrible soundtrack?

  • DKD

    I’m not impressed with that A18-49 number. Pawn Stars gets more than 1.9 million. Falling Skies had 2.6 million in that demo.

  • John A

    It was going to skew old. Pity it didnt start at a 2.0.

  • a p garcia

    I am listing to Rush Limbaugh and he loves the reboot of Dallas.

  • Chris

    1.5 in the demo is pretty bad, but hardly unexpected–the original has been off the air for decades now. Not the kind of show that works in syndication (neither will this one be).

    The audience is nearly entirely composed of people who remember the original, and a lot of them will fall away in the coming weeks. Whether that leaves enough for TNT to keep it around longterm, I have no idea, but it’s unlikely it won’t get to season two.

    And it’s really unlikely I’ll be watching, since I never thought much of the original. And btw–J.R. is dead–he killed himself in the finale–this is just his dream in hell. ;)

  • Mark

    Dallas was great! I predict it will hold really well and even go higher than it’s premiere once or twice. Kind of like American Horror Story did earlier this year.

  • John A

    Yeah last summer Falling skies ratings were bashed every week and it averaged 1.5 all summer and it was TNT highest rated show.

  • USAmerica1st

    Don’t mess with Texas, y’all. We’ve still got it in Big D.

  • Dan S

    I knew Dallas would draw a sizeable audience over 49. Unless the ratings fall off a cliff I expect it’ll see a 2nd season

  • RJ

    As if anyone should be surprised by the old skew. The show was on in the ’80’s (I think). Im younger and had no interest whatsoever.

  • Hmm

    Haven’t watched Dallas, but any reasonable person will realize that when it comes to 18-49, this show is practically a new show, and should be judged based on an expectation of any TNT pilot, and not one of previous legacy.

    It is annoying how people are already predicting failure. It is dumbfounding how people hate on shows with high ratings, and hate even more on shows with low ratings. It is like nobody wants any show to succeed. And @ Max, as a loyal viewer of Scandal which has seen at best mediocre ratings, it seems very insensitive to make comments like “A spade is a spade”, when anyone using that on a show you love would be condemned by you.

  • el rizzo

    LOVED IT!!!! IM so excited its back!!! miss my abc soaps, this fit right back into my life!!!! I LOVE SCRIPTED DRAMA!!!! YAY!!!!

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