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

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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.

  • Cher

    I think the numbers will grow. I don’t know of one person who watched the show and didn’t like it. I only saw a few negative comments on Facebook. I thought the show was great!!! Everybody in my office can’t wait until next week. There were alot of people who forgot it came on last night!!! I think word of mouth will make the numbers even larger next week.

  • mArS

    Dissapointing ratings. The extended pilot wasn’t special at all either.

  • Alan

    I don’t think these numbers are so bad. I know that it’s all about the young demo nowadays, but if you think about it, NOBODY under the age of about 26 or 27 (at the very youngest) remembers anything about Dallas, so it’s not really relevant to them, it’s just another prime time soap.

    I remember the original Dallas and I quite enjoyed last night’s continuation, actually.

    As far as reboots go, it’s already more successful than Melrose Place v2. or even 90210 v2 in my opinion.

  • Tommy

    Personally I’m hooked, and I only watched the original here and there when my mom and grandmother had it on. It’s all people at work can talk about today (working for a publisher a lot of my coworks are considerably older than me, I must admit).

    But a 1.5 is nothing to bash for TNT, when there #2 and #3 show barely average a 0.9. I think it will be interesting to see the ratings for friday’s repeat numbers. If you check twitter and facebook a lot of people are complaining they thought it premiered next Sunday…

  • sammy

    I knew it would have the ratings on the premier I love the show and hope it maintains high ratings

  • Justin121

    7 million is nothing to sneeze at.

    The demo will grow as the show keeps getting ‘buzz’.

  • Holly

    Most of TNT’s shows average around or just below a 1.0, so a 1.5 is not bad. It isn’t fabulous and won’t replace the numbers they had been getting from The Closer, but not a failure by any stretch. Of course, the question is how many watching out of nostalgia will stick around.

  • rob60990

    I’m curious in seeing how each episode did separately.

  • jake toms river n j

    loved it cant wait for next week

  • Tom

    On the one hand, it’s good news that so many millions of people chose not to watch. On the other hand, it’s a really disappointing commentary on our country that such a completely awful television program would garner (and hold? I wonder…) as many viewers as it did.

    From the awful script to the clumsy directing to the melodramatic over-acting … it was shockingly bad. Maybe the ratings will fall off in the weeks to come. I hope they do — it would be a nice piece of evidence about our country’s collective intelligence level.

  • jimmcaf

    It shows some promise from a quality standpoint. Remember, most of the classic night-time dramas took until season 2 or 3 to get the right balance and hit their strides.

    Larry Hagman was a total hoot, wild eyebrows and all. Duffy was solid as well. As long as it develops the younger characters and keeps its balance between intrigue and camp, it could find enough of an audience to continue.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Why are so many saying the numbers are horrible? I look at the top 100 cable shows each day when that comes out on this site and hardly any of them have 7 million TOTAL viewers — heck, DALLAS had nearly 2 million in the 18-49 category. Most of the top 100 don’t even have 2 million TOTAL viewers. Apparantly, I don’t read charts correctly….

  • Chris

    @Tom–you have to realize how many people used to watch the original series. Over NINETY MILLION PEOPLE, in the U.S. alone, tuned in to find out who shot J.R.

    So the curiosity factor was there–but mainly just for those who used to watch, and most of those who used to watch are over 49, and don’t matter to most advertisers.

    This makes NCIS look like a youth show.

    And you have to figure the ratings will drop in coming weeks.

  • MBmomof3

    I really enjoyed it and will watch again. I was a fan of the original and am in the 18 – 49 demo. Best part was hearing the old themesong. Memories.

  • Alan


    Firstly, almost everyone I have read had positive things to say about it, including TV critics, twitter comments and the like, so you are in a minority. I expected it to be bad but it wasn’t. I mean, you do remember the original Dallas don’t you? It wasn’t Hamlet, it was a massive Cheesefest all around.

    Second of all, I think everything that needs to be said about our country’s intelligence level has been more than aptly proven by the massive ratings of CBS multi-cam sitcoms and almost all network Reality shows (except the Amazing Race). Watch a CBS sitcom called Rules of Engagement for proof.

  • Shannon

    I don’t know why so many people keep talking about how most people that watched the original are older than 49. Not true. Growing up alot of people my age watched it and I was 9 when the show premiered, 22 when it went off and I am 43 now – still 6 years to go until advertisers lose interest in me.

    And another thing, these numbers are very good, especially considering its the number 1 series premiere on cable YTD. Granted a lot will depend on how much of its audience it retains in the weeks ahead, but the feedback I have seen has been quite good (as a matter of fact, this is the first site I have been to where I have seen ANY negative comments).

  • Shannon

    And I love, love, love that they kept the opening credits almost identical to the original.

  • sheri

    VERY happy for TNT! This shows CBS NBC & ABC that the SOAP OPERA FORMAT IS NOT DEAD!!!The only one trying to kill it is the big three networks with their crappy new reality/lifestyle/talk shows. Cheaper to produce YES WATCHABLE NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!! DALLAS was very enjoyable last night and i felt like it never left the air all these years.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Yes Shannon!!! I just wish they would have had a small cast picture with the name — but the tune, title, and Dallas backgrounds were awesome, as well as it ending with the camera moving toward the house like in the original. What I really liked was 1) JR, Bobby, and Sue Ellen were a major part of the show which I wasn’t expecting because I figured they would focus mostly on the 4 younger ones, and 2) the 4 younger ones were NOT written as twitty sounding teenagers which is what I was afraid was going to happen and in that case I would have had to tune OUT after about 10 minutes. Linda Gray looked awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Damn… Keep going BIG D!!!!

  • christy

    I wish Larry Hagman would get his eye browse trimmed. He would look a lot better

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