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.

  • Jack

    I love Dallas!

  • awdanskiii

    Considering all the Hype & expectations I would say it’s a dissapointment for TNT. I was almsot 100% sure it would get a 2.0+ & over 10 million viewers for the premiere. Well now we just have to wait and see on how it holds up. I am predecting now it will stay in the 0.9-1.3 range.

  • Holly

    I thought Revenge had a little explanation as opening credits….then again I only watched the first half of the season. The CSIs have The Who songs playing with scenes of all the actors with names. Hawaii 5-0 kept the old theme song. I don’t remember who does the Bones theme song, but they have a similar opening to the CSIs. Blue Bloods does too. Leverage has the explanation (The rich and powerful take what they want, we steal it back for you…) with pics and names of the actors. Psych has a full theme song (they even alter it for special episodes, doing a Bollywood themed one and an a cappella version among others). Both NCIS’s have full opening sequences. Covert Affairs has a cool stylized one. Burn Notice has “My name is Michael Weston, and I used to be a spy…” that gives an explanation of the series with scenes to match Royal Pains has a song with pictures of the major actors. Suits has a song and uses pics of NYC with brief scenes of the actors. Big Bang Theory has a fun little song. In Plain Sight had a bit about the witness protection program narrated by Mary Shannon/Mary McCormack. Mad Men has the stylized credits similar to Covert Affairs with the guy falling.

  • Overdamoon

    What a trip down the memory lane!!! Don’t knock it, I’m still in the 18-49 demo. :D Loved the premiere! Larry Hagman put in quite a performance with his eyes, evil grin and yes, those crazy eyebrows. He ditched his walker and walked just fine. LOL

    These are decent numbers for summer . Even the major broadcasts are having trouble pulling 1.5 for their summer premieres

    #DallasTNT was trending on Twitter last night.

  • MBmomof3

    The Walking Dead has really good opening credits. I like Nurse Jackie’s too. I miss OLTL’s everday at 1 p.m.

  • MBmomof3

    I loved Larry Hagmann’s eyebrows. Thought they added alot to his aging character.

  • 6minor

    I hear the creator of Dallas was shut out, but it seems like he only lifted the idea from the movie, GIANT.

  • Ralph Hahn

    I enjoyed the show and as far as I’m concerned, you can take your 18-49ers and shove them you-know-where. The difference between 18-49 and 25-54 is just some 5 years difference on either side of the other. The show is a big hit.

    What did Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs) get to say last night? ONE LINE??? And, Charlene Tilton (Lucy), boy she got old. But, good for her for not going by Hollywood standards and having (possible) botched plastic facial surgery done.

    WEIRD, YET TRUE! I had set my DVR to record the show, two hours in length, earlier in the day. When I returned home, shortly after 11pm, I watched the program, but only 75 minutes was recorded. Where the DVR stopped, I switched to “Live TV” and the 2nd airing of the show was at exactly where my recorded version had stopped.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @6minor: >>> I hear the creator of Dallas was shut out,… <<<

    Is Leonard Katzman still alive?

  • Walter Bishop

    It was better than I expected. Will continue to watch for now. But theres so many knives sticking out of everyone backs you need a score card to keep track of whose stabbing who. Good as a summer series. They better not bring back something stupid like Falcon CRUST as I called it.

  • Nadine

    No surprise. People tuned in to see Larry Hagman and what’s-his-name Bobby and so forth. The new leads don’t have it, whatever “it” is.

  • NEK38583

    I really enjoyed it and glad that it is a hit. It is now my favorite new show, taking The Good Wife place. I encourage anyone who like soaps daytime or primetime to check this out. It is awesome.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Correction: David Jacobs was the creator of “Dallas” and “Knots Landing.”
    He is still alive.

    Leonard Katzman died during the mid-1990’s. He was the exec. prod. of “Dallas” for all of those years.

  • Patrick

    Put the ratings into comparison…a rerun of Modern Family got a 1.4 last night with ~4 million views. So, I’d say it was a success!

    I’m 25 and vaguely remembering watching the original episodes. However, several years ago Soapnet used to air 2 epsiodes of Dallas in a row everyday, and I got hooked on Dallas while my mother relived part of her childhood. It’s such a multi-generational show with good appeal! I’m hooked. Thinking about making the Dallas theme song as my ringtone!

  • Chris

    It’s hugely old-skewing, and that’ll get worse in coming weeks.

    Remember the Knight Rider remake?

    This has original cast members, so it’ll last longer. But they can’t spend too much time with the original cast members, because they need to try and get the younger viewers watching.

    I don’t think the premiere ratings will hold up. Curiosity about this kind of thing only lasts so long. And most people who remember the show ARE out of the demo, or will be shortly–otherwise it wouldn’t be so old-skewing.

  • Nadine

    yeah, well, I’ll be watching the premiere of Suits tonight, and it will be interested to see how it does by comparison, esp. among younger viewers.

  • Overdamoon

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

    Why? JR’s a hoot to watch, still as scheming and evil as ever. And he still thinks Bobby is a fool after all this time. :D Love those funny quotes.

    For those who are knocking that the show skews old, I think they’re using the old vets for nostalgic effect to hook viewers in but the younger cast will be carrying the show. It will be the battle between John Ross and Christopher. I don’t think Larry Hagman, Linda Grayand Patrick Duffy can handle the rigor of 12-18 hours shooting of prime time drama.

  • Nadine

    You know, it’s move forward or die, I think. You can’t keep recycling stuff; it’s a sign of a dying media. Look at Broadway.

  • silvit

    Do people still think that trending means something? The subject of trending is not very familiar: to trend you only need to have a big traffic compared to your standard average.It doesn’t measure the absolute numbers of tweets. A new show will always trend.
    A show like American Idol will need a great amount of tweets to trend, while a new show only needs a small part of it. That’s why often names of characters of shows trend instead of the show itself, like Gossip Girl.

  • JR

    I wanted to watch it, but opted to do so later online. it’s nice to see something from back in the day (with original cast members) on. And, from what I understand, the reviews were pretty decent.

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