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.

  • Sid

    Not bad, but not great either. Let’s see what happens over the next few weeks.

  • roco

    @Rob, dude how can you be such a hater, I mean really, Dallas has done what the updated Melrose Place and 90210 couldnt do, and that is grab audiences and honestly Im hooked.

  • GB

    Disappointed “silvit”? Fullvit is more like it. I bet the offices of TNT are throwing back mint juleps in celebration! Some of u peeps here are confused, or just don’t understand the numbers.  TNT is more of a 25-54 network than an 18-49 network.  Their biggest hits like- Closer, Rizzoli, Falling Skies – typically draw between like 1.8 mil and slightly over 2mil in their demo – Falling Skies a little higher than that.  Dallas just did 2.5 large in their demo!  If it falls even 25% – and it probably won’t based on people seeming to like it and killer reviews- by my math it’d still be around 1.8mil, and be one of their biggest performers.  Between it, Rizzoli, and Falling Skies – and the Closer final episodes are later this summer – to me it looks like they’re going be have summer number parties all year long at TNT. Break out the ice cold long necks because JR brought it.

  • Melanie P.

    Great job Dallas! I thought the show was amazing last night and it looks like the rest of the season is going to be really good.

  • NTL

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching Dallas last night, and will continue to if for nothing else….to see JR Ewing. I’ve really missed him. I was thrilled to hear the (updated) classic intro music last night and similar opening credit scenes. Nostalgic.

  • Melanie P.

    @roco, the “new” Melrose Place got cancelled but the “new” 90210 is still on. Some of you all crack me up over analyzing these numbers. I just enjoy watching the show.

  • rob60990

    @roco, are u referring to me because I didn’t say anything bad? Chris, Max, and JohnA are the ones that said it did bad. I didn’t.

  • Grey

    Maybe the regular networks will get a clue from this, and all the other successful scripted summer cable shows, and put on some new *scripted* programing for the summer months instead of all the reality crap.

  • Chris L

    Lol at @sheri for thinking the success of a highly-produced primetime drama on cable with seven cast members means the networks were wrong for pulling the plug on expensive daily cast-bloated soaps.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Sorry, another comment about the opening credits— THAT THEY ACTUALLY HAD SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO show does this anymore!

  • Carole

    After eagerly awaiting the premiere, this show didn’t disappoint at all!! It was honestly, so much better than I thought it was going to be, and I cannot wait for next week! What a great blend of the old and the new. Thanks TNT! This is what makes TV fun!

  • UKTVFan

    “…the Year’s Number 1 Scripted Cable Premiere”

    Does the first episode of Hatfields & McCoys, which had double the viewers of the Dallas premiere, not count for some reason? It was scripted, it aired on cable, and it was the premiere. TNT can classify H&M as a mini-series if they want, but its first episode was still a “scripted cable premiere.”

  • Shannon

    TimsDale4ever – I agree! It drives me crazy that most shows no longer have REAL opening credits.

  • Nate

    I got goosebumps when the opening Dallas theme song played. Welcome back . . . hopefully, for another long run.

  • Holly

    NO show does this anymore!

    Most, in not all, the USA shows have opening sequences. Same with CBS shows. Rizzoli and Isle, Leverage….Revenge, Game of Thrones, Alphas, Eurkea, Warehouse 13, Being Human…Grimm, Mad Men,…Bones, Fringe…

  • Shannon

    UKTVFan, its not TNT classifying H&M that way, its the media. But I also wondered about that to. I am guessing that there is just a distinction between the two since H&M was just a mini-series and Dallas will be an actual series, but I don’t know since they didn’t actually say that.

  • Shannon

    Not really Holly. Atleast not in the sense that you have the theme music playing as it scrolls through the names (and sometimes the pictures) of the actors. I don’t know for sure about most of those you mentioned, but I do know that Revenge, while it does have its logo or whatever its called with the show title and the waves with the moon overhead, is not really actual opening credits – atleast not in the way that they did “Dallas” last night and the way they always used to do the opening credits.

  • Melanie P.

    Oh yes, I forgot to add that it was so cool they kept the original opening theme too!

  • Don

    I love that we can’t seem to tell if the ratings are great, average or horrible lol. But if Franklin and Bash got a season two I can’t see this not getting one.

  • MC

    7 million viewers for a cable channel? Those are great numbers. I think it will actually do better next week because a lot of people didn’t know it was even on. I’ll be back for more next week.

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